Student filmmakers make hard-hitting debut at Road Safety Awards

Published: 27 Nov 2018

Students from Watford UTC, Elstree UTC and Oaklands College premiered six films at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s inaugural Student Road Safety Awards on Friday 23 November.

Earlier this year, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service tasked media students with creating a short film with a road safety message to tie into this year’s Driving Home for Christmas campaign.

Each group of students worked with local fire stations to create a unique film focusing on one or more of the ‘fatal five’ driving behaviours: driving under the influence, speeding, driving while distracted, not using a seatbelt, and careless or inconsiderate driving.

A group of students from Oaklands College were the overall winners with their video, Think Before You Drink. The short film follows a group of young friends meeting up for a Christmas drink, before one of the group decides to drive home. 

The film was voted Overall Winner by the panel of judges which included Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen.

Darryl said: “We saw a range of high-quality videos produced by students from across the county, who had clearly thought through which style of video would reach their peers and warn them of the consequences of dangerous driving.

“Ultimately, Think Before You Drink demonstrated creativity in its style with a clarity of message that will make viewers think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.

“Christmas time can be particularly hazardous on the roads, with icy conditions, lots of traffic, and some people choosing to drive after one too many at a party. That’s why we’re using the winning film as part of our wider Driving Home for Christmas campaign as we offer more advice to keep you and your family safe on the roads.”

Director of the winning video, Evie Gallagher, said: “We feel fabulous to have won overall at the Student Road Safety Awards. I feel privileged to have worked with such wonderful people. Our film aims to raise awareness of both the dangers of drink-driving and the role the fire and rescue service play in road traffic collisions.”

Other students were recognised at the awards, which were supported by the Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership. Another group from Oaklands College were recognised for Clearest Message for their video, It Was Just, and a group from Elstree UTC won the award for Best Artistic Content for their film, Do Not Disturb.

Congratulations to all those involved.