Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Cadets have received the 2young2die award from charity Brake at their annual reception at the Houses of Parliament.
Cadets from Congleton, Runcorn and Sandbach visited the Commons on January 14 for their series of three short films on speeding, drink-driving and seatbelts, developed as part of Cheshire’s Fire Cadet Road Safety Video Project.
Watch Runcorn cadets film, 'Had a drink? Think Don't Drive' below:
The awards are co-ordinated by the national road safety charity Brake and sponsored by young driver insurance provider iKube, and aim to encourage young people to get creative and promote life-saving road safety messages to peers and their wider community through powerful campaigns.
After receiving the award, Laura Wheelton, Fire Cadet Watch Manager at Congleton, said: “Our friend and fellow cadet Hayley was killed in a road crash because of speed so it’s something that has affected us, and that’s why our film focuses on the consequences of speeding. We wanted to pass on the message that speeding needs to stop.
"We’d like to make more films both about road safety and other safety messages. It was a good feeling when we were told that we’d won the 2young2die award. We’re proud that we have been able to turn something that has affected us so deeply into something positive.’
The project has now been such a success that it will now be run annually with the films produced by cadets set to be used by fire crews in workshops with local schools and colleges throughout the year.
Paul Hancock, Chief Fire Officer at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service added, “I am thrilled that our Cadets have won this fantastic award for a project I know they are passionate about. I am sure it will play a key role in helping us to educate young drivers in a bid to keep them safe on our roads.”
"Road crashes are the biggest cause of death among young people, so raising awareness of road safety is vital. Young people have lots of choices to make about using roads safely and travelling in sustainable and active ways, and can help promote road safety by developing their own campaigns."