Car crashes and pedestrian accidents are still one of the largest causes for death and serious injury amongst late teens and young drivers in the UK. Young drivers and their passengers are at far greater risk of being killed or seriously injured than any other age group. In addition to the devastating impact on individuals, families, and communities that results from such incidents, major incidents cost councils and emergency services millions of pounds per year. Essex Safer Roads Partnership, a multi-agency organisation responsible for reducing casualties on the roads approach Collingwood Learning to provide tackle this problem as part of their wider strategy.
Working with the Partnership, Collingwood designed Dead End, an incredibly hard-hitting live theatre and workshop programme. Dead End is based upon three intertwining stories of road crashes, based on real life incidents. Three emotional monologues tell heart rending stories about the build-up, events and consequences of crashes. Interlinking dialogue explores the characters differing perspectives on their actions allowing the audience to consider how their attitudes and behaviours contributed and what they would do differently. Most importantly, the project guides the audience through the Fatal Four causes for death and injury amongst the young – Speeding, Alcohol & Drugs, Distraction, and non-use of seatbelts.
Dead End reaches 50 schools 9,000 15 – 16 year olds per year across Essex equipping them with the awareness and behaviours to make the right choices as passengers and young drivers.
• Students able to recognise the Fatal Four increased by 81% as a result of the event
• 100% of teachers felt the performance and workshop explored road safety issues pertinent to their students