Penicuik tragedies prompt session

The dangers posed to young drivers were brought home at a special awareness event in Penicuik recently.

The session, which involved the police and fire service, was aimed at the 380 young drivers from the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The day’s activities were dedicated to the memory of two of their colleagues, who lost their lives following a road traffic collision last August.

Fusilier Jamie Candlish (20), was declared dead at the scene when the Vauxhall Corsa in which he was travelling collided with a Mitsubishi L200 Warrior on the A701 near Gowkley Moss roundabout. Driver Jody Herkes (18), died from his injuries three weeks after the accident in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The event – at Glencorse Barracks – aimed to highlight the risks posed to young drivers on the road.

Police staff from road safety, roads policing and safer communities were joined by Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, the Lothian and Borders Safety Camera Partnership, VOSA, police officers from Penicuik and Army personnel to host a series of educational interventions throughout the day.

Full story in March 1 edition of The Advertiser.