A MOTHER who lost her son in a fatal road accident is appealing for parents to play their part in teaching their children about road safety.
June Ross’s son Ian Buchanan was a passenger in a car which was involved in a two-vehicle collision on the B993 Kemnay to Monymusk road in June 2010.
Since her son’s death, two days before his 23rd birthday, Miss Ross set up support group Don’t You Forget About Me (DYFAM), for people in the north-east whose lives have been affected by road accidents.
She has joined forces, for the second year, with the Safe Drive Stay Alive campaign to encourage parents to take action and ensure their children take their responsibilities on the road seriously.
Safe Drive Stay Alive is an annual Roadshow, attended by all fifth year pupils in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray. The thought-provoking stage show and film, running this year from Monday, November 4 to Thursday, November 7, tells the story of a tragic road accident, and includes presentations from emergency service staff and volunteers and a bereaved parent who all appear on stage to deliver their message live.
Miss Ross is renewing her call for parents to go along to see what is involved and find out for themselves what are the biggest road safety issues concerning young people.
She said: “A serious or fatal accident has a horrific and lasting impact not just on the people involved, but their families as well.
“As parents we have to take some responsibility for teaching our children how to stay safe on the roads and try to ensure they’ve got the right attitude when they get behind the wheel.
“If you are a parent whose child is learning to drive, or will be soon, I would urge you to go along to the Safe Drive Stay Alive show and see what it’s all about. In fact anyone who travels as a passenger or drives a car should go, to see the lasting and long-term effects of devastation and grief it can have on a huge sphere of people.”