Offenders take drama on road

The Theatre& company performing at Bede Academy in Blyth a road safety show called 'Josh Green Posted on Your Wall'.
The Theatre& company performing at Bede Academy in Blyth a road safety show called 'Josh Green Posted on Your Wall'.
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OFFENDING drivers are helping to fund an educational show for youngsters based around social networking in a bid to avoid them being involved in accidents.

The National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) is promoting the drama aimed at 13-year-olds.

It uses social media to challenge attitudes and behaviours towards road safety.

The show is being made possible by NDORS, which educates drivers as an alternative to prosecution or a fixed penalty.

Drivers pay £80 to take part in the Driver Improvement Scheme, the Rider Improvement Scheme, and the Speed Awareness Scheme.

Now the stage show Josh Green Posted On Your Wall, devised by the Tyne and Wear and Northumberland Road Safety Group, is embarking on a tour of the region’s schools to drive home the message that careless and reckless behaviour around traffic and transport can lead to serious injury and death.

The production visited Bede Academy in Blyth last week to tell the story of Josh, Sarah and Zac, showing their behaviour at the roadside and whilst using public transport.

Post-show workshops will follow each event to explore the themes covered during the performance.

Coun Isabel Hunter, executive member for transport strategy at Northumberland County Council, said: “We want everyone to stay safe on our roads and by targeting young people in this age group we hope to influence attitudes and behaviours.

“The show is a very worthwhile initiative and I hope that it will be thought-provoking for many young people across the county.”