Award for safety campaign

Pictured at the award ceremony are Councillor Rita Miller, Chair of the South Ayrshire Community Safety Partnership (right)  and David Porte, Team Leader Community Safety (left).
Pictured at the award ceremony are Councillor Rita Miller, Chair of the South Ayrshire Community Safety Partnership (right) and David Porte, Team Leader Community Safety (left).

Reckless Driving Wrecks Lives, an initiative organised and hosted by the South Ayrshire Community Safety Partnership, won the Intervention Award at the Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) for a Safer Communities Awards 2013.

Councillor Rita Miller, Chair of the South Ayrshire Community Safety Partnership said: “It took a lot of hard work to devise Reckless Driving Wrecks Lives along with our partners, but it has all been worthwhile, it really does have a positive influence on young drivers and their friends who travel with them. For this work to be recognised and for us to win the Intervention Award and be part of promoting and celebrating the achievements of Scotland’s Community Safety, is a great honour.”

The Safer Communities Awards celebrate the vital work of public, private and third sector organisations undertake to make Scotland a safer place to live work and visit. Through their endeavours projects such as Reckless Driving Wrecks Lives have made a significant contribution to the Scottish Government national outcome 9 – ‘we live our lives safe from crime, disorder and danger.’

Jacqui Doig SCSN Manager said: “Every day of every year partnerships in the private public and voluntary sector are working to make Scotland a safer place to live, work and play. These awards celebrate and showcase the outstanding work being undertaken across Scotland to raise awareness and change behaviour in order to reduce risks to individuals and others lives.”

Earlier this year more than 2,000 S5 and S6 students from 22 secondary schools from across Ayrshire watched some very moving, inspirational and heartbreaking presentations about the importance of road safety. The aim is to improve road safety among new and learner drivers and their passengers through a series of thought provoking presentations.

Delivered at the Odeon cinema in Ayr, the students heard first-hand, graphic details from our partners in emergency services as to what happens during and after a serious road crash and the immediate impact this has on family and friends.

Councillor Miller concluded: “This project really has saved the lives of many young people and will continue to do so in the future.”