An emotive new film has been developed in Bedfordshire, highlighting the moment police officers deliver life-changing news to the families of road victims.
‘If You Could Change’ aims to raise awareness of the ‘fatal four’ causes of road collisions – speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, drink and drug driving and failing to wear a seatbelt.
Produced by Bedfordshire Road Safety Partnership, the film will be shown to young people across Bedfordshire, including sixth form and college students, as well all those participating in the county’s young driver course.
It is based on a vision by Bedfordshire’s road safety manager and former police officer Tim Oxley, who wrote the script along with his 17-year-old son Adam, a sixth form media studies student.
Tim Oxley said: “The idea came from my time as a police officer delivering these messages. It’s something that always stays with you.
“You debrief after traumatic incidents but never after delivering these messages. You see the impact and devastation they have on families.
“The video still triggers emotion each time I see it, but I also have a feeling of pride and achievement that it is giving out a positive safety message.”
The Bedfordshire Road Safety Partnership is happy for other local authorities and police forces to use the video – and apply their own branding – in order to increase its exposure.
For more information contact Tim Oxley via email.