Published: Thursday, 29th March 2018

A theatre production which educates teenagers on the causes and consequences of road collisions has been recognised by the High Sheriff of Kent.

Licence to Kill was launched in 2007 as part of a joint initiative by Kent Police, Kent County Council, Medway Council, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent Fire and Rescue Service to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the county’s roads.

Since then more than 65,000 young people aged 16-19 have watched the production, which consists of a film and live talks from emergency services personnel and those who have suffered personal tragedies due to collisions.

PC Darren Chapman from Kent Police’s roads policing unit attended a ceremony at Sessions House, Maidstone, on Thursday 15 March 2018 to receive an award for the project from the High Sheriff of Kent, George Jessel.

Committed to improving road safety

PC Chapman said: “We are all very proud of Licence to Kill, which is a very impactful production about the importance of road safety that has a lasting impact on all who see it.

“Education is a hugely important way of changing young people’s attitudes to how they behave behind the wheel, and we are grateful to have been recognised by the High Sheriff of Kent for the work that has gone on behind the initiative.

“We remain committed to improving safety on Kent’s roads and will continue to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt or driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.”

Road users have a huge responsibility

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “I am extremely pleased that the Licence to Kill production has been awarded a High Sheriff’s Award.

“The road safety intervention reminds our future road users of the huge responsibility they have each time they get into a car. I would also like to thank all the speakers that give their time to help educate young people.”

A 360 degree approach to education

Mark Rist, chairman of the Kent and Medway Road Casualty Reduction Partnership Delivery Group, said: “The Licence to Kill programme provides a 360-degree approach to road safety education, bringing together the experiences of frontline emergency services staff, survivors of road crashes, and bereaved families who have lost a loved one in a road incident. 

“The programme was designed to really drive home road safety messages to the audience, primarily made up of teenagers on the cusp of driving. And over the past 10 years it has made an impact on the behaviours of thousands of youngsters.

“I’m delighted the High Sheriff has chosen Licence to Kill for this award and I think it really highlights the fantastic work that can be achieved when agencies work in collaboration.”

Licence to Kill marked its 10th anniversary last November with a special performance at Maidstone Leisure Centre.

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