Legacy of tragic Kirsty inspiring safer driving
The father of a young woman killed in a road tragedy has spoken of his pride her story is being told as a warning to Lincolnshire drivers.
Geoff Pay's 18-year-old daughter Kirsty was one of three people who died when the car she was a passenger in crashed 11-and-a-half years ago.
The effect her untimely death has had on everyone who knew her has now become the focal point of a hard-hitting Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) drama.
The 2Fast2Soon campaign was launched last week by the award-winning road safety programme, which has been presented to young people at schools and colleges across the county for six years.
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The new version – introduced at the Lincolnshire Showground's Epic Centre – is fast-moving dramatisation of a true story.
It shows the full consequences of Kirsty's death in a serious road traffic collision on the main A1104 Maltby le Marsh to Mablethorpe road.
Actors re-create the aftermath as Kirsty's life was cut short on the night of March 27, 2002.
Kirsty and her friend Natasha Sill was in a car without an MOT driven by her friend's boyfriend Richard Mardell, who did not have a licence and was banned from driving.
Nobody was wearing a seatbelt and all three were killed when the vehicle crashed into a Renault Scenic while it was overtaking another car.
Business consultant Mr Pay, 50, who lives at Hucknall near Nottingham, was involved in the production's planning and attended the launch.
"After five years of actively helping the LRSP achieve its goal of reducing the number of deaths on Lincolnshire's roads, it was with a mixture of pride and achievement that I watched the dramatisation," he said.
"I'd much rather I wasn't in this situation.
"It's really very difficult to describe the emotions involved.
"But I would strongly urge anyone to go and see the new 2Fast2Soon because it has a profound affect on everyone who sees it.
"It really is a phenomenal experience to see people take a sharp intake of breath and realise that all this did really happen."
The LRSP's communications manager John Siddle Said: "The message to parents and young drivers is very simple – if there's anyone out there whose school hasn't arranged to see it then get knocking on the headteacher's door."
LRSP development manager Richard Greener said: "We believe it will be even more impactive and effective than the original theatre production.
"The drama has been developed specifically to help reduce the large number of young drivers and their passengers who are killed or seriously injured on Lincolnshire's roads.
"But we also hope it will influence changes in driver behaviour for other road-user groups.
"The showcase includes a full viewing of the new drama, an insight into how the follow-up workshop will be delivered and demonstrations of the driver training element of the programme."