Hard Hitting and Graphic Road Safety DVD Targets Young People

DVD features graphic scenes of a real car crash with the aim of warning young drivers about speeding

This in from the council, in their own words. Ed

Graphic images showing the aftermath of a traffic crash near Ryde in which two teenagers died are being used as part of a new road safety DVD campaign targeting young people.

In December 2008, passengers George Hamon, 17, and Guy Knight 16, were killed when the Peugeot driven by their friend was involved in a collision with a Mercedes on Brading Road, near Beaper Shute.

Two other passengers survived and the driver survived. The driver was later given a 12-month sentence in a young offenders institute after admitting two counts of causing death by careless driving.

Graphic scenes
The tragedy is now the focus of a DVD which includes images from the crash scene, including pictures of the two young people lying dead.

The film has been supported by the families of the crash victims and features interviews from the bereaved parents involved, and also from members of the emergency services who were called to the incident. Also included is the real emergency call that was made to report the collision.

Shows consequences of reckless driving
Edward Giles, Isle of Wight Council Cabinet member responsible for Highways said “The council and its partners feel this latest campaign with its DVD is particularly hard-hitting because it again focuses on a real accident that happened here, on the Isle of Wight, and many people would have known those involved.

“It shows the serious consequences of reckless driving and the families of George and Guy have been highly supportive of the DVD because they want to help prevent similar tragedies from happening in future. Without their support we could not and would not have made the film.”

Support from families
PC Martin Norman of the Isle of Wight Roads Policing Unit said: “I’m very grateful to the parents of both Guy and George for their continued support in our efforts to put across this vital message to all motorists. Road death is a difficult and delicate subject with traumatic events that have a profound physical and psychological effect on everyone involved. This DVD is emotionally charged to highlight the stark realities of such collisions.”

Guy’s father, Toby Knight, said: “If, through this road awareness initiative, just one young person stops and considers the consequences of their actions, then Guy and George’s deaths won’t have been in vain.”

The DVD has been produced and supported by road safety partners including IW Council, Hampshire Constabulary, IW Fire and Rescue Service and the Island’s NHS.

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Wednesday, 2nd March, 2011 11:18am

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2 Comments

  1. Braveheart's comment is rated +4 Vote +1 Vote -1

    2.Mar.2011 2:27pm

    A very noble decision made by all the parties concerned although, unfortunately it’s not only the younger drivers on our roads who cause fatal crashes!
    But more often than not, it’s the more mature driver who is either in a busting hurry to go somewhere, or someone less familiar with Island roads.

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  2. Mr Shint's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    2.Mar.2011 9:23pm

    First of all my sympathy goes out to all those affected by this tragedy, and my greatest respect to the families.

    Please consider this, hard hitting graphic images are not the way to influence our young drivers. You can’t scare people into doing something; just because you inform someone of something that’s good for them does not mean they will do it.
    This old fashioned way of road safety education only serves to influence people who already accept the consequences, mainly adults.
    There are more up to date and more professional ways to influence our young drivers.
    Contact your Road Safety Team who will, I am sure, guide you; or contact Road Safety GB they are the professionals and are able to help.
    There are also other road crash victims support groups who will help and support.
    Good Luck with your campaign
    Respect.

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