December 1st 2022
Emmerdale actor Mark Charnock has taken on one of his most frightening roles yet, by taking part in a video that aims to support North Yorkshire Police’s latest campaign warning of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In the video, traffic constable Adam Smith and firefighter Kirsty Shepherd put Mark – who plays Marlon Dingle – through a mock road traffic collision scenario. The video shows him sitting in the car as firefighters and emergency staff work around him, recreating exactly what would happen if he was trapped in a car that had crashed. As one crew member reassures him and explains what’s happening, fire crew use machinery to take the car apart to get him out safely.
Following the experience Mark commented, ‘Everything about it is something you wouldn’t want to be involved in.’ He emphasised that, ‘It’s not just the person who’s in the accident. It’s sort of like the ripples of it, it’s the family.’ He also points out that it’s trauma for the emergency crews who have to help. ‘They might see it a lot but it doesn’t make it any less scary.’
Mark is shown being lifted out of the car and onto a stretcher, with the crew taking the precautions they would use in a real crash and the patient could have a spinal injury.
Clearly shocked by the experience, Mark said, ‘They cut you out of the wreckage and you hear this really terrifying grinding noise. You can hear metal being torn. It’s like being in a horror film. And then they start to extricate you from the worst experience of your life.’
The point Mark wants to emphasise is: ‘It’s just not worth the pint.’
‘I hope people will listen,’ he said. ‘You wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy.’
The police are asking the public to ‘call it in’ by dialling 999 if they think someone is about to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.
Last year 137 people were arrested for drunk or drug driving during North Yorkshire police’s campaign and this year there’ll be police patrols in unmarked vehicles. The public are being urged to plan ahead so nobody is tempted to drive while intoxicated.
‘The risk is definitely not worth it,’ Group Manager for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Tony Peel said. ‘The consequences are life changing for not only you but many others.
(Source : https://metro.co.uk)