Talented students are to educate their peers about road safety after making a hard hitting film showing the devastating impact of not wearing a seatbelt.
It’ll All End In Tears, a professionally produced video featuring Wakefield District teenagers, could be shown in schools across the region after receiving its premiere at Hemsworth Academy on Thursday.
The production features police officers and student actors from Minsthorpe Community College and Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy, and shows the devastating effect of a head on collision in which those involved don’t wear seatbelts and also use mobile phones while driving.
The video can be found on a special West Yorkshire Police webpage at http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/allendintears
The eight minute video was paid for by cash confiscated from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and a financial grant from the former West Yorkshire Police Community Trust.
Support was provided by West Yorkshire Police and Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, who was keen to assist in the development of a learning resource which could assist in getting the message home to young people about the need to stay safe when on the road.
Discussions are now underway for the video to be shown to students across the Wakefield District and potentially elsewhere.
PC Simon Newton, A Safer Schools partnership Officer with West Yorkshire Police, said: “Everyone involved in this DVD, police, student actors, film makers and everyone who supported it, is very proud of what we achieved and we hope it will have a real impact among young people in our part of the world.
The students who took part were fantastic and really got into it with us. They had a real input into the end result and showed tons of enthusiasm.”
The officer said local roads were closed for the driving scenes which featured input from roads policing officers. Adding that they were grateful for the funding and support, PC Newton said he hoped the video would do some good. “If just one person is persuaded to put on a seatbelt which ends up saving their life or saving them from serious injury in a collision it will have been worth the effort a thousand times over,” he said.
Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “When I heard about and saw ‘’It’ll All End In Tears’’ I was keen to offer my support. I have promised to work with young people and use my influence as Police and Crime Commissioner to support the police to engage positively with all young people.”
He went on “I am determined to help make our roads safer, by working with partners to find local solutions to local problems which is made clear within the refreshed Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire.”