A teenager from Romney Marsh is starting 2015 with a big smile after winning an iPad mini in a competition about road safety.
15 year-old Kathleen Perry, who attends Marsh Academy, entered an online survey after she attended Licence To Kill (L2K) with her school at Maidstone Leisure Centre, Mote Park in November last year.
Kathleen said: “I really wasn’t expecting to win, I’m so happy. It’s a great start to 2015.”
L2K is an innovative theatre and film education project, exploring the consequences of a road crash and it is aimed at 16 to 18 year olds in Kent and Medway. A crash in the local area has been specially recreated for a film which features actors and real emergency service staff.
L2K is produced by the Kent Road Safety Partnership, which includes Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police, Medway Council, Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership, Highways Agency, South East Coast Ambulance Service and HM Prison Service
Kathleen explained how L2K had had a lasting affect on her and her friends: “Attending Licence To Kill really confirmed what I thought I knew about road safety, but also taught me a lot of other things too. I’m now very conscious about wearing my seatbelt when I get in the car – every time. I’m also very aware of how loud music can be a distraction and dangerous for drivers.”
She added: “My friends and I have talked about how powerful it was to hear from people who’s lives have been affected by car crashes, whether it was them or a loved one. Licence To Kill has really given me confidence to challenge a driver to slow down if I feel unsafe.”
KFRS’s Road Safety and Safeguarding Manager, Alexa Kersting-Woodssaid: “It’s very positive to hear our crucial safety messages coming back to us from young people. We’re delighted Kathleen has won the L2K iPad mini, but more so that she has really taken on board the importance of road safety including how wearing seatbelts and minimising driver distractions can save the lives of loved ones.”
Schools in Kent and Medway are invited to attend the L2K events across the county that take place during Road Safety Week in November.
Kathleen said: “For schools that haven’t considered bringing their pupils to Licence To Kill, I would really recommend they do. It’s so powerful and really makes young people think – especially as it’s the right age when they start to learn to drive. The safety messages will stay with me for a long time.”