Police to survey young people on social media

GRAMPIAN Police have announced that they are to use social media to try to discover why so many young people drink and drive.

Figures from 2009-11 show that up to 60 per cent of the drink drivers detected in the Grampian area are drivers aged 17-35. The Force is trying to find out why so many of them take this risk and is using its Facebook and Twitter sites to canvass opinions from young people.

Leslie Harrold, Road Safety Manager with Road Safety Grampian, said: “We are concerned about the high number of young people being caught drink driving. Most of this age group will have had road safety inputs from us while they were at school. These inputs would have highlighted the dangerous of drink driving and the penalties that drivers face.

“It is both surprising and disappointing that so many of them still choose to take this risk. If you have been drinking the last thing you should be thinking about is driving.

“We are using Facebook and Twitter to try to reach young people in a way that many of them communicate with each other already. It is a quick way to gain opinions from a wide range of local young people, who will be both drivers and passengers in vehicles. I hope that many young people will take the opportunity to give us feedback, as their opinions could play a key part in tackling this issue in the future.

Grampian Police can be found on www.facebook.com/grampianpoliceforce and at www.twitter.com/grampianpolice.