A theatre company is set to deliver a powerful multimedia performance to Year 7 students in secondary schools throughout West Yorkshire, starting from 22 November 2023 until the beginning of February 2024.

The half-hour play, titled ‘What Went Down,’ will be presented by The Riot Act. Subsequent discussions aim to enlighten young individuals on critical road safety issues, including:

– The hazards of distractions on the roadside, such as music, phones, and friends.
– Strategies to ensure safety, such as recognizing and managing peer influence and pressure.
– Encouraging safe, responsible, and positive behaviour among students commuting to and from school.

The West Yorkshire Safe Roads Delivery Group has commissioned these performances as part of their dedication to keeping young people in West Yorkshire safe. It aligns with the Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while promoting safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for everyone in West Yorkshire.

Statistics indicate that secondary school students are especially susceptible to road traffic collisions.

Simon D’Vali – Chair of West Yorkshire Safe Roads Steering Group said: “Raising awareness and educating young people through a thought-provoking drama performance will hopefully help them think about their behaviour as pedestrians and improve their attitude to road safety. These drama performances complement work being carried out by all the West Yorkshire Council’s Road Safety Teams and other agencies, such as West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, in schools across the county to deliver important safety messages. We are sure they will influence and encourage our young people to change their behaviour.”

The commencement of the tour has been strategically scheduled to coincide with Brake Road Safety Week, taking place from 19 to 25 November.