The life-changing injuries suffered by a woman in a car crash have been the focus of a talk with young motorists at a road safety event.
Laura Torrance, 33, has been confined to a wheelchair since she was seriously injured in an accident at the age of 16.
Laura’s story will give pupils ‘insight’
Organisers of the event say her experiences can provide school pupils with a insights into the life-changing impact serious car accidents can have.
She told Press Association Scotland: “My intention is to let people know that driving can be fun, as long they do it safely – wear their seatbelt, have the confidence to speak up if they’re in a car with someone they don’t feel safe with or is going too fast.
“Because they (the pupils) are seeing me and it’s a real-life story, they seem to get quite a lot from that, so my hope is the message will stay with them once they leave here.”
Laura was a passenger in the car, which was being driven by a friend who has just passed his test in 1999.
The pair were just a few miles from home, driving along a single-track road, when they took a corner too fast. The car rolled over and into a field. Laura woke up in a ditch.
In hospital, it was revealed that she has suffered a serious spinal injury.
She said: “It’s not been easy. Life’s been a bit more challenging. Even still after 17 years I still get my odd day when things don’t go according to plan.
“This was not how I thought my life would pan out for me. It’s been challenging but I still do a lot of things I probably would have done if I hadn’t been in my chair.”
Event will highlight road safety for youngsters
The Streets Ahead Edinburgh Young Drivers event saw 2,000 youngsters take part in the road safety sessions and interactive activities highlighting the dangers of driving.
Inspector David Hynd, of Police Scotland’s road policing unit, said: “Reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads is a priority, not only in Edinburgh but across the country, and we are delighted to support this very useful and worthwhile event.
“Education is essential in reducing the number of young drivers involved in road collisions.”
Councillor Adam McVey, transport vice convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “There’s no doubt it’s an exciting time in a young person’s life when they first get behind the wheel as a newly-qualified driver.
“However, the statistics on road casualties and deaths among young people make for very sobering reading. Our Young Drivers events drive home some very hard-hitting messages in a fun and engaging way.”
Source: BBC News
Date Published: October 11, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown