Drama aims to highlight road dangers

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PHOTOJOURNALISTS at Sheffield College have helped film a new drama designed to highlight dangers young people can face on the roads.

Crash, due to be screened in South Yorkshire schools next year, is being developed with teachers, fire officers, youth workers and young people.

The film will show a car crash and how emergency services respond.

Nationally, road accidents are the biggest killer of young people aged 17 to 24. The film’s main message is they could often be avoided by simple changes in behaviour.

Crash has been commissioned by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue whose firefighters attend hundreds of road traffic collisions every year, many of which involve young people.

The production is funded by South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.

Students studying on the press photography and photojournalism course at Norton College became involved in assisting the film crew when they were on location in Sheffield.

Photojournalism student Tom Maddick, aged 26, said: “I had the chance to take some good photos of actors along with trainee surgeons in an intensive care unit mocked up at Sheffield Hallam University, and lent the crew some of my lenses for filming.

“The two days on set also gave me the chance to capture a number of images for my portfolio.”

Diane Malpass, for the fire service, said: “Some of the material in the film will be potentially quite shocking but is designed to have a strong impact on the youngsters.”