Firefighters take part in road safety event dedicated to young car enthusiast
27 June 2017
The 'Rrrrallye' event was held in Keith, Moray, in memory of Stuart Harper
Firefighter Colin Simpson receives his trophy for safest driver from Stuart Harper's sister, Louise
Firefighters in Moray have taken part in an annual road safety event held in memory of a young car enthusiast who lost his life almost 10 years ago.
Officers from Keith and Cullen took part in the ‘Rrrrallye’ in Keith - dedicated to 17-year-old Stuart Harper - to raise awareness of road safety. Around 200 people attended the event which helps raise funds to assist young drivers through advanced driving training courses and increase their awareness of the risks. Firefighters staged a road traffic collision to highlight the inherent dangers. SFRS Watch Manager Kevin Mitchell said: “The SFRS works hard to prevent road traffic collisions from occurring in the first place as they can cause injury and indeed tragedy which can devastate communities. “We do that by engaging with our young people wherever possible and equipping them with the knowledge to stay safe. That is why we have supported this event for seven years and it is always a great success. “This year we re-enacted a road traffic collision which highlighted to those young people in attendance just how crucial it is to have proper hazard awareness. “We were delighted to be able to assist them and raise awareness of road dangers.” The annual event has already helped fund more than 200 drivers aged 17-25 through ‘pass plus’. It has also assisted around 250 youngsters through its youth drive initiative – which allows teenagers to understand more about hazard awareness before they get behind the wheel. At this year’s event, firefighter Colin Simpson won the trophy for ‘Driver of the Year’ due to his safe driving skills. Watch Manager Mitchell added: “I’d like to thank all those who came along and supported this most worthwhile cause. “I’d also like to thank the Red Cross for its support on the day with the staged road traffic collision as they acted as paramedics, ensuring it was as realistic as possible.”