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Children will be given help from drama group in making Decision
10:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Local news
A drama company will be giving 11 and 12-year-olds in schools across West Yorkshire an educational performance on road safety called The Decision.
Bradford Council’s Road Safety Team, along with other Road Safety Teams in the region, has commissioned Tiny Giants Theatre Company to present performances and workshops to Year 7 students.
West Yorkshire statistics show that 11 to 15-year-old pedestrians are particularly vulnerable when it comes to road accidents; 24.7 per cent are in the period 3pm to 4pm, 20.4 per cent from 4pm to 6pm and 18.9 per cent, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Weekdays are the worst and 66.5 per cent is the fault of the pedestrian and their failure to look properly and being distracted is also a major cause of accidents. Almost half of these casualties (46.7 per cent) were 11 to 12-year-olds.
These drama performances complement other work being carried out by the Council’s Road Safety Team in schools across the district to get important safety messages across.
The performance The Decision will cover a range of issues including safety and awareness, and focusing on young people and their behaviour on and around roads.
The play is set in a courtroom and flashes back to moments in the young peoples lives, eventually leading up to the death of a young boy called Jamie.
Students are asked to vote as a jury to whether the driver is guilty or not guilty.
Coun Val Slater, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Housing, Planning and Transport, said: “We must do all we can to reduce the number of casualties to this vulnerable group.
“Each and every one of these incidents has caused tragedy, heartache, pain, loss and untold suffering.
“Raising awareness and educating young people through a thought provoking drama performance will hopefully prompt young people to think about their own journeys as pedestrians as many of these incidents can be prevented.”