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Interactive play to drive home safety message to pupils about travelling with young drivers


Over 100 fifteen year olds at Farmor's School in Fairford will be watching a play about travelling safely with young drivers.

The theatre performance, The Passenger,will take place on Friday 26th February with actors from the Box Clever Theatre Company.

Praised by students and teachers from other parts of the UK, the company uses an original witness statement, news reports and statistics to create an emotional show. As the production continues, actors will present the students with familiar actions, and the consequences of the decisions that they may make as passengers or drivers.

Between 2005 and 2014, 20 young people, aged 15 to 24 lost their lives in the Cotswolds due to a road traffic collision. This means on average there have been two fatalities every year.

In addition to this, 919 young people were seriously injured or harmed in road collisions over the last ten years, with 746 of those young people being a passenger in a car.

Students will also have the opportunity to questions performers on the actions of the characters on stage, and can offer alternative solutions to situations involving alcohol, drugs, and peer pressure on the road.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Sadly, too many young people in Gloucestershire die or suffer life-changing injuries on our roads. The play has a strong message reminding young people they have a choice whether to get into that car or not."

It is hoped the performance will help Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership's county-wide safety strategy which aims to reduce the number of young people needlessly killed and seriously injured in collisions involving a young driver. 

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