Fire chief backs The Press campaign against joyriding
OUR campaign to prevent a repeat of one of York's worst road crash tragedies has won a massive boost.
A film aimed at deterring youngsters from joyriding is set to be shown to every 15-year-old in York by a road safety group.
It will form part of a hard-hitting roadshow organised by the Safer York Partnership's Road Safety Task Group.
Graham Buckle, the group's chairman, who is in charge of York Fire Station, said it would help bring home the potential consequences of joyriding and taking cars, by emphasising what happened locally in the Stockton Lane triple fatal smash last year.
He said he had attended the accident, which happened after 15-year-old Joel Corner took his father's Audi and drove across York at high speed, before losing control and crashing into a Press delivery van, killing himself, his 15-year-old friend and front seat passenger Daniel Wright, and van driver Peter Alexander.
"I have been doing this job for 20 years and this was one of the worst crashes I have ever been to, in terms of the extent of the wreckage and also the ages of the people killed," he said.
The crash sparked The Press' Live Now, Drive Later campaign, which is backed by Joel and Daniel's parents and Mr Alexander's son, and aims to produce a film highlighting the potential consequences of joyriding.
Mr Buckle said the road safety group already took an Impact Roadshow into all York's state secondary schools, along with St Peter's School, to educate Year 10 pupils about the potential risks of joyriding and taking cars without the owners' consent.
Members of the group, who included firefighters, police, ambulance staff and council road safety officers, often spoke about their personal experiences in going out to crashes.
He said the film could be incorporated into the roadshow when it visited schools during 2007/2008, and also in subsequent years.
"It will give the roadshow much more impact," he said. "It's about local young people, who they will relate to."