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Safety students win driving lessons

Three borough students who entered a prize draw after attending a Council hosted ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’ theatre production found themselves the lucky recipients of free driving lessons last month presented to them by the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Nadeem Ali.

John Heath from Waltham Forest College won a voucher for ten driving lessons from a local driving school, while Mervay Kmt from Holy Family Catholic School and Danielle Thomson from Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College each won a voucher for five driving lessons. All the vouchers were sponsored by the Project Centre Ltd.

They were among almost 1,000 16 to 18 year old students from across the borough who attended a road safety performance organised by Waltham Forest Council called ‘Safe drive, Stay alive’ in October last year.

The hard-hitting theatre production at Chingford Assembly Hall was targeted at 16 – 18 year olds, in an attempt to promote safer driving amongst teenagers living in the borough. The event was also attended by local senior police, fire and ambulance staff.

The production centred around a film showing a group of young people on a night out when their car is involved in an accident. The production became interactive as members of the emergency services featured in the film stepped out onto the stage to talk to the audience about their real-life experiences of road collision scenes.

The emergency services personnel revealed the impact on the victims, their families and themselves. The screening concludes with moving testimonies from victims of real road traffic accidents.

The production explored the different factors that might contribute to fatalities and serious injuries, such as speed, distraction, seat belts, mobile phone use and drink driving. The aim obviously being to reduce the number of casualties that take place on UK roads.

Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Nadeem Ali, said of the programme, “Road safety is a priority in the borough and it’s vital we do all we can to support its delivery. Events such as Safe Drive Stay Alive are powerful reminders of the responsibilities of new or young drivers.”

Useful information from the Council’s Road Safety Unit is available on the Council’s website at Additional information is also available at www.safedrivestayalive.orgPhoto: Mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Nadeem Ali with borough students John Heath. Mervay Kmt and Danielle Thomson.

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