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Crash simulators send sobering message to young drivers

Teenagers across Edinburgh will learn about the dangers of reckless driving.

Crash: Pupils will get the chance to try on drunk goggles.
Crash: Pupils will get the chance to try on drunk goggles. CC

Hundreds of S6 pupils in Edinburgh will test out "seatbelt slide" crash simulators and drunk goggles at road safety education event this week.

They will also hear from Laura Torrance, who has been a wheelchair user since 1999, at the annual three-day Young Drivers event.

Ms Torrance was injured in a car crash when she was 16.

The event aims to highlight the dangers of reckless driving and will help pupils understand the permanent and serious consequences that can come with driving.

An average of 54 accidents involving a young driver between the ages of 17-25 occur per week in Scotland.

These accidents lead to an average of one death and more than 70 people injured every week.

A new presentation by Police Scotland will further help drive home safety messages by using dashcam footage of an incident involving a young drive.

Operation Close Pass will show pupils the safe distances for overtaking a cyclist on the road.

Lothian Buses will give a presentation about how the unintended consequences brought about by the seemingly small actions of other road users, such as overtaking, undertaking or lane swerving, even at slow speeds, can cause a bus to brake sharply, sometimes resulting in fatal consequences for people on board.

Edinburgh City Council transport convener Karen Doran said: "Our annual Young Driver events are always hugely popular.

"Their emphasis on fun, interactive elements combined with hard-hitting stories and messages gives sixth year pupils the chance to digest some extremely powerful safety messages about driving and sharing the road.

"As a council, our vision is for everybody to be safe from the risk of being killed or seriously injured on our roads.

"By reaching these young drivers in this way, we are helping them to keep themselves and others safe by stressing that all road users need to look out for each other."

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