Film reveals dangers of drink/drug-driving

A film detailing the consequences of drink/drug-driving is being launched at The Regis School on Thursday (July 14).

Supported by West Sussex County Council’s Youth Service, the film shows what happens to a driver when caught behind the wheel while over the alcohol limit.

Young people from The Regis School, Bognor Regis, acted in the film and gave ideas on how tackle the issue.

Members of the Sussex Police force were filmed explaining the procedures that follow an accident suspected to be caused by drink-driving.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was also involved in the filming, along with St John Ambulance.

The film is subtitled in Polish to reach a wider audience, encompassing the largest Eastern European community living in England. A volunteer police officer supported the project giving his time at the weekend and helping to translate the film.

Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Drink-driving is a serious issue and the wider we get the message out about the consequences, the better it is for the community.

“The film is a great way to get this message across and the fact that it is bi-lingual helps to spread this further.”

Chief Inspector Jane Derrick, the district commander for Arun at Sussex Police, said: “This project has been a great way for our officers to engage with young people and help tackle a really serious issue. Accidents caused by drink or drug driving can be devastating. Each fatal accident affects the lives of a number of families and this video shows that very clearly. I hope that it will be watched by many people and will cause people to think about the effects of taking just one driving risk.”

The film will be available to view online after the launch at www.yourspacewestsussex.co.uk