Bondholder Derbyshire Constabulary launched a new series of videos as part of a county-wide campaign to help keep Derbyshire’s roads safe.
Geared Up – a six-part collection of short films – pits a professional racing driver against a series of challenges and obstacles designed to test their driving abilities under different distractions.
Ashbourne-based driver Bondholder Sam Randon Racing usually climbs behind the wheel of a supercharged Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4 to compete in the GT Cup.
But for this first video, Sam has been downgraded to a Volkswagen Golf, and was asked to slalom between carefully placed obstacles on a closed test drive circuit.
After that, Sam was then challenged to complete the same task but wearing beer goggles, designed to skew his vision, simulating the effects of being drunk.
The idea is to show that even a professional racing driver’s ability behind the wheel is hugely hampered when intoxicated.
Sergeant Steve Hughes, from the roads policing unit, said: “Every year, we try and find a new way of sharing the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message and this summer we’ve turned to Sam to help us do it.
“Drinking or taking drugs before you get behind the wheel is, quite simply, dicing with death or serious injury, and sadly we see the real consequences all year round."
Watch Episode One here