London students win national competition
Students from a college in Catford, London, have won a national road safety competition organised by Brake, the road safety charity.
The annual 2young2die competition encourages young people to promote life-saving messages to peers and the wider community by developing campaigns and adverts.
This year's winning entry is a short film researched, scripted and produced by students at Conisborough College which is based on the theme of mobile phone use while driving. The students decided to focus on this issue after having several negative experiences with drivers using mobile phones in their area.
The students will be presented with their award at Brake's annual reception at the Houses of Parliament in January 2015.
Also highly commended were pupils from Mileham Primary School, near King's Lynn in Norfolk.
With the help of police, a group of Key Stage 2 pupils held a speed check outside their school, with speeding drivers spoken to by the children and given a ticket or sent on a speed awareness course. The pupils also made a video to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, using a LEGO stop motion animation.
Matthew Lloyd, drama teacher at Conisborough College, said: "We wanted to pass on the message that using a mobile phone while driving needs to stop. We're proud that we have been able to turn something that has affected us so deeply into something positive."
Philip Goose, senior community engagement officer at Brake, said: "The students have developed impressive and powerful road safety adverts, which we are pleased to recognise through this competition."
Road Safety Week
Brake is inviting young people, educators and youth workers to register now to get involved in this year's Road Safety Week, 17-23 November.