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Award winning road safety intervention will visit all of Medway’s sixth forms and colleges

02 February 2018

Medway Council delivers a range of road safety initiatives all year round and have already visited their first schools of the year to teach children and young people about road safety.
One of these initiatives includes the chance for all secondary sixth forms and colleges to hold the award winning intervention, ‘A Licence to Kill?’ which features emotional accounts from families who have lost a loved one in a crash and emergency services personnel who have attended incidents.

By April ‘A Licence to Kill’ will have been seen in all of Medway’s sixth forms and colleges reaching over 2,000 potential young drivers. In the last three years, 187, 17 to 24 year olds were killed or seriously injured on Kent and Medway’s roads. Nationally, young drivers, those aged 24 and under, make up 25 per cent of all drivers killed or seriously injured, despite only making up eight per cent of licence holders.

Licence to Kill? was first launched in 2007 as a joint initiative between Medway Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent County Council and the South East Coast Ambulance Service. During the last eleven years more than 65,000 students aged 16 to 19 have watched the production across Kent and Medway.

In Medway all primary schools are offered road safety lessons. Officers from the Road Safety Team visit schools throughout the year to teach children pedestrian skills and make them aware of the potential dangers on the road. Officers also visit pre-schools and nurseries to introduce children to basic road safety skill, including the road environment,  holding their grown ups hand and to stop, look, listen and think.

'Huge responsibility'

Cllr Phil Filmer, Portfolio Holder in charge of road safety at Medway Council, said: “It is fantastic that all of Medway’s sixth forms and colleges will participate in the Licence to Kill production. It is important to remind our future road users of the huge responsibility they have every time they get into a car, either as a passenger or a driver. I would also like to thank the speakers who give their time, and share their heart-breaking stories, to help educate young people.”

Comment from Kent Police

Inspector Samantha Pearson, from Kent Police’s Road Policing Unit: said: ‘It is very encouraging to know that young drivers in sixth forms and colleges across Medway will get the opportunity to experience ‘Licence to Kill?’. A lot of brilliant work has been done as part of this production and we are as proud to support it today as we were when it started. Education is a hugely important way of changing young people’s attitudes towards road safety, and while most drive in full accordance of the law, a tragic minority are killed or seriously injured on our roads – something that we are keen to prevent. Getting behind the wheel of a car is a huge responsibility and not something we can allow ourselves to become complacent with. Speeding, using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt or driving under the influence of drink and drugs places other road users at significant risk of harm.”

Comment from Kent County Council

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste Mike Whiting said: “These first-hand accounts by our partners in the emergency services really bring the message home about driving safely. Each and every year nearly 8,000 young people hear hard-hitting and emotionally-challenging accounts from not only those in the emergency services dealing with the aftermath of a crash, but those involved who have been seriously injured or who have lost loved ones. We’re proud to work with our colleagues at Medway Council to help young people understand the life-changing and sometimes fatal consequences of poor decisions while driving.”

Comment from KFRS

Kent Fire and Rescue Service Watch Manager Alan Faulkner, who has been delivering Licence to Kill? for 10 years said: “I would encourage all secondary schools sixth forms and colleges in Medway to offer their students the opportunity to experience the Licence to Kill? production, a powerful tool in road safety education which aims to influence the behaviour of young road users. It uses emotive storytelling to drive home the tragic consequences of being involved in a serious road traffic collision, with haunting real-life accounts from emergency services staff who deal with these incidents, as well as personal testimonies from people have been directly involved in a crash themselves, or tragically lost a loved-one.”