VIDEO: Hard-hitting road safety film written by fire cadets shown on the big screen

Firefighters with a driving simulator

Firefighters with a driving simulator

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Widnes firefighters and Halton fire cadets are to have their road safety film shown on the big screens at the town’s Reel Cinema.

The hard-hitting film, written and filmed by Halton fire cadets, will be shown on each of the cinema's five screens at The Hive leisure park on Wednesday, September 10.

It will be shown at different times on various screens as part of an Orange Wednesday promotional evening.

The three minute film was produced in response to the tragic death of a fellow Cadet, Hayley Bates, who was involved in a fatal road traffic collision in September 2010.

Firefighter Phil Bishop, based at Widnes Fire Station, said: "We're grateful to Reel Cinema for letting us show the cadets' film on all their screens and for their continued support.

“We are always looking for ways to get safety messages out to the public and this is an ideal way of targeting all age groups."

There will also be fire engines, a driving simulator and firefighters talking about road safety and explaining the story behind the film.

To further illustrate the very real dangers of drink driving, there will be a vehicle on display in which a 22-year-old Cheshire driver lost his life.

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His family donated the vehicle , known as the 'Think Car', to demonstrate the very real and tragic consequences of drink driving.

They hope that it will prevent another family having to go through what they have and allow young people to see for themselves how life can change for a family at the turn of a wheel.

The driver lost control on a rural road and died after colliding with a tree. He was one and a half times over the alcohol limit but only travelling at 43mph in a 60mph speed limit.

As well as the Halton cadets' film, other cadet units made road safety films which can all be seen on the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service website, cheshirefire.gov.uk/news-events/webcasts. 

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