Next Episode of 999: What's Your Emergency? is
Season 6 / Episode 2 and airs on 26 April 2018 20:00
An intimate and frank look at modern Britain through the eyes of the emergency services on the front line.
Average life expectancy in the UK has risen to 81, and the proportion of people who are elderly is growing faster in Wiltshire than almost anywhere else in the country, with a rapidly growing number of calls to 999 coming from over-75s. In Warminster, the emergency services are called to a crash involving three cars, which has left one victim with life-changing injuries. The 75-year-old man responsible for the accident suffered a suspected heart attack at the wheel. It is his second heart attack in seven months but all the police can do is advise him to give up driving. PC Phil Bridge says 'There's got to be thousands of elderly people who shouldn't be driving on the streets, that shouldn't have a license.
From zero-hours contracts to long working hours, this episode explores how the emergency services deal with issues arising from rising levels of stress and anxiety in the workplace.
In Wiltshire more and more young people are challenging the police's authority. With over 88,000 under-18s arrested in the UK in 2016, are young people being given too many chances or not enough?
This episode explores the rising use of cannabis, which is now increasingly being smoked openly on Wiltshire's streets as people's attitudes to the class B drug change fast. 999 call handler Holly Goodall explains 'there is a split between society seeing cannabis as being a good thing and cannabis as being a really bad thing'. This shifting attitude is especially evident among the young. When the police catch a group of teenagers smoking joints outside, one unfazed teenage girl responds: 'I know you think it's like illegal' - and when officers tell her that really it's actually still illegal-illegal, she offers in mitigation to 'next time smoke it indoors'.
Every year 10,000 new drivers pass their tests and gain access to the county's roads. For many young men, a car is more than a means of getting from A to B; it can mean freedom, status, excitement and also danger. Young drivers, and young male drivers in particular, are by far the least safe road users. PC Nick Finning is dispatched in search of a 'pool car' that's being driven at breakneck speed around residential streets. PC Finning explains that a pool car is 'a car that's been purchased normally for £200 or less... it won't be registered to anyone... it's untraceable and that vehicle is shared.' Some of Wiltshire's young men aren't even waiting to get their licences before taking to the roads.
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