Olympians’ road safety support

Inverurie swimmer Hannah Miley in a scene from the road safety video.
Inverurie swimmer Hannah Miley in a scene from the road safety video.

A ROAD safety campaign which targets young drivers has been backed by North-east Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The Safe Drive Stay Alive roadshow, launched on Monday, aims to reduce the number of young people in the region killed or seriously injured.

The production involves a thought-provoking stage show and film for fifth year pupils which tells the story of a tragic road crash.

Athletes including gold medal-winning canoeist Tim Baillie and cyclist Neil Fachie, have joined the call for young people to take responsibility and make sure they are safe behind the wheel.

They took part in a major public event on September 16 to celebrate their achievements in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Though they were busy greeting the crowds, the Olympians took the opportunity to add their support for the Safe Drive Stay Alive campaign in a recorded message.

Tim and Neil were joined by swimmers Robbie Renwick and Hannah Miley who all backed the initiative.

Hannah, who saw the Safe Drive Stay Alive show during her fifth year, said the show had “really helped improve my driving” and “made her more aware”.

Already this year 19 people have died in North-east road accidents, including five aged between 17-25, and 281 people have been seriously injured.

The roadshow is promoted by the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Community Safety Executive William Munro said: “I am really pleased that our Olympic and Paralympic athletes recognise the importance of our efforts to the reduce the number of avoidable deaths occurring on our roads.

“It is particularly heartening to hear from Hannah Miley who still remembers Safe Drive Stay Alive and says the show helped to improve her driving.”