Driver survivor



COFFS Harbour's students have joined the battle to put a stop to accidents on our roads.

Multimedia students and members of the Coffs Harbour Youth Arts Council worked with NBN Television's Production Unit to produce three commercials aimed at highlighting the consequences of losing your driving licence to the 16-25 age group.

Acting chair of the Coffs Harbour Youth Arts Council, Ben Whitaker, said the aim was to make a series of adverts that would appeal to younger drivers.

"It's a humorous view of people trying to look cool and get around without a driving licence," Mr Whitaker said.

"The focus is on the inconvenience of losing your licence, rather than the tragic consequences of crashing."

The ads were funded with a $10,000 grant from the Attorney General's Department administered by Coffs Harbour City Council.

The council's road safety officer, Anne Shearer, was the 'client' for the student commercial-makers.

Ms Shearers said while the commercials the students produced were very funny, the message was a serious one.

"Almost half of all speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes on NSW country roads are under 30. Young males are the most likely to be involved in a fatal accident," she said.

The commercials will be aired on Channel Ten and NBN from this month until January 2005.



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