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October
2013
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Pupils helped to make the right decision on road safety


Pupils across Leeds and West Yorkshire will be learning how to make the right decisions when it comes to road safety thanks to a drama production touring schools across the region, which began this week.



The educational performance on road safety called ‘The Decision’ by Tiny Giants Theatre Company has been commissioned by Leeds City Council’s Road Safety Team and their counterparts across West Yorkshire.



West Yorkshire statistics show that 11 – 15 year old pedestrians are particularly vulnerable when it comes to road accidents – especially before and after school.



66.5% of road accidents in West Yorkshire are the fault of the pedestrian and their failure to look properly. Being distracted is also a major cause of accidents. Almost half of these casualties (46.7%) were 11 – 12 year olds.



These drama performances complement other work being carried out by Leeds City Council’s road safety team in schools across the district make sure pupils are aware of the important safety messages.



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 people’s 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.



Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member responsible for economy and development said:

"Road accidents cause 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."



Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services said:

“It is everyone’s responsibility to do all we can to reduce the number of children and young people becoming casualties of avoidable road accidents.



“These performances will really help these young people become more aware of their own safety and that of their friends.”



The five week West Yorkshire tour began in Leeds this week, with performances at the following schools:



The Farnley Academy and the Co-operative Academy of Leeds

The Rodillian Academy and Cockburn School

Swallow Hill Community College and City of Leeds School

Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School

The South Leeds Academy and Leeds West Academy

Ralph Thoresby School





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For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk