Saturday 25 February 2017

Film contest to give 'slow motion' a new meaning

Michael McHale

BUDDING film makers have the opportunity to highlight the dangers of speeding in a new competition launched yesterday.

The national 'Keep Drama off the Roads' short movie contest for 15-25 year olds was announced in Dublin's St Stephen's Green. The theme of this year's contest is 'Breaking the Culture of Speed', and it aims to make young people more aware of the dangers of driving too fast.

The contest comes in the wake of a spate of young lives lost on the country's roads, including seven men aged 19-23 killed in a single crash on Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula in July.

Their deaths were followed in August by four teenagers aged 15-19, who died when their car hit a tree at Carrigeen, Co Kerry.

"Looking at the current figures it is obvious that young drivers need to realise the dangers involved in speeding," the Road Safety Authority's head of car safety Michael Rowland said.

Entrants have until November 12 to submit their story ideas.

Irish Independent

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