Nottingham's road safety team has won the LARSOA Campaign of the Quarter award for the period October-December 2007.
The team's Court in Time campaign comprises a mock trial in which a Nottingham schoolboy faces a charge of death by dangerous driving after his first outing after passing his test ended in tragedy. The 17-year-old tells the court that he was responding to encouragement from his friends to drive faster when one of his friends was killed in the crash.
Nottingham's Sean Sheils said: “Court in Time is a new way to make sixth formers think about the responsibility that comes with driving. The courtroom makes them think hard about the issues involved and helps stimulate discussion about how they will cope with peer pressure - and how passengers can affect a driver's performance.”
Southend-on-Sea's 'Peer Assisted Learning Scheme' (PALS) was named runner up. The scheme harnesses the creativity of young people to produce road safety resources (plays, puppet shows, DVDs and artwork) and influence the behaviour of others. The road safety team helps schools develop resources and organises links with local primary schools.
Roberta Everitt, PALS coordinator, said: “PALS has been a huge success so far - schools and students have shown a lot of support for the scheme and we have a whole year of activities booked in.”
For more information about Court in Time contact Sean Sheils on 0115 9156583.
For more information about PALS contact Roberta Everitt on 01702 215712, or by email.