DVD drives home safety message

Police team up with Hemsworth Academy and Minsthorpe Community College to produce a road safety DVD.'Pictured: PC Simon Newton, Mrs Pam Masseh - Principle at Hemsworth Academy, PC Amanda Blunt.'h301a447
Police team up with Hemsworth Academy and Minsthorpe Community College to produce a road safety DVD.'Pictured: PC Simon Newton, Mrs Pam Masseh - Principle at Hemsworth Academy, PC Amanda Blunt.'h301a447

Youngsters from two schools came together to produce a hard-hitting road safety film .

Children from Minsthorpe Community College and Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy teamed up with the police to produce an eight-minute video which will be shown to youngsters across the area.

The video, called It’ll All End In Tears, paid for by cash seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, shows the effect of not wearing a seatbelt and using mobile phones while driving.

PC Simon Newton, a safer schools partnership officer who worked with youngsters to produce the film, 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.

“We decided earlier this year that we wanted to find a way of delivering a strong road safety message to young people and what better way to do it than by getting teenagers involved to speak directly to their peers.”

West Yorkshire Police is now planning on showing the film in schools across the district.

PC Newton added: “The students who took part were fantastic and really got into it with us.

“They had real input into the end result and showed tons of enthusiasm.

“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.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire police and crime commissioner, said: “When I heard about and saw the video I was keen to offer my support.”