A vehicle designed to create the sensation of being in a road accident has been unveiled.
The police will take the simulator to 21 schools around Northern Ireland to warn young motorists about the risks of irresponsible driving.
The five-man simulator is a heavily-modified Peugeot 207, kitted out with hydraulics, a sound system and a smoke-generator to help mimic the experience of being in an accident.
Around 100 young people attended the launch yesterday at the Joey Dunlop Centre in Ballymoney, where they also had the chance to experience simulated drink-driving by wearing “beer goggles” which distort their vision as if drunk.
Justice Minister David Ford and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan were at the event.
The car was funded to the tune of £35,000 by the Department of Justice’s asset recovery community programme, and Mr Ford said: “My department has been able to support the development of this impressive car simulator through money seized from criminals. It is good to see this money being put to such positive use.”