A HARD-HITTING film has been seen for the first time by potential drivers from the Bognor Regis area.
Safe Drive Stay Alive was made by the emergency services in Sussex to hit home the devastating consequences of a serious road accident.
The launch was seen by pupils from Felpham Community College and The Regis School in Bognor Regis among scores of others.
The Felpham contingent included Charlotte Walters. She said: “The Safe Drive Stay Alive event highlighted the importance of your actions while driving.
“It made you realise how focused you need to be and the risk you put on yourself and others. It was emotional and hard-hitting but I think it was exactly what we needed before we start driving.”
Others from the college who attended were left-right: Jacob Keen, Poppy Shallis, Max Hughes, Dionne Harrison and Sophie Cobby. From The Regis School, those who went along included Hadley Enticott, Owen Ambridge and James Mears and Noah Povilaitis, Conor Shergold and Wilfred Bond, all 16.
A group from St Philip Howard Catholic High School in Barnham was also present among the 16-18 year-olds at the event at Worthing Pavilion last Thursday.
It was the start of the latest campaign since Safe Drive Stay Alive began in 2006 to be seen by more than 80,000 students throughout Sussex.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Gavin Watts said: “The commitment from everyone in delivering this campaign over the last ten years has been astounding and that commitment can really be seen in all of the hard work that has gone in to producing this new film.
“I am so proud to be a part of Safe Drive Stay Alive and involved in educating young drivers on the dangers of the roads.
“I hope it will be shown to another 80,000 students across the county over the coming years so we can keep them, and their friends and families, safe on our roads.” Staff from all three emergency services worked alongside professional actors, volunteers and other organisations to make the film.
The immediate results of the collision are shown as well as the wider impact it has on family, friends and those working on 999 incidents.
Alongside the revamped film, personal accounts are delivered from a stage by all those affected by the serious accidents. These include seriously injured victims, relatives of those killed and emergency service staff.
All this brings to life in a dramatic and impactful way a difficult message to make young people aware of the responsibilities of drivers and passengers alike .
The work was led by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and funded by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.