A North Wales teenager who died in a car accident in 2019 is featured in a new road safety film to be shown in schools.

Olivia Alkir, 17, from Efenechtyd in Denbighshire, was traveling in a red Ford Fiesta with two other girls when the driver – having only passed her driving test the day before – lost control on a 72 bend mph and hit an oncoming car head- on.

The 17-year-old driver had ignored calls to slow down. Olivia, who was in the back seat, suffered serious internal injuries from the impact and tragically died at the scene.

Two of his friends suffered life-changing injuries.

Together with Olivia’s parents, family and friends and after securing funding through collaborative work involving North Wales Police and partners, a film and support lessons have been produced which will be shown to pupils across Wales as part of the national SchoolBeat programme.

Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said: “Olivia’s story is truly heartbreaking and this powerful film aims to help educate young people about the importance of staying safe on the road.

“Unfortunately, young drivers are much more likely to be involved in traffic collisions, often due to their inexperience and lack of knowledge about the risks. The film will be aimed at new or pre-pilots and aims to help them realize their responsibilities and the devastating consequences that can occur.

“This collision had a devastating effect on Olivia’s family and friends. The tragic circumstances surrounding the collision and the fact that Olivia lost her life that afternoon were felt throughout the community of Ruthin.

“We are so grateful to Olivia’s parents who have allowed us to tell her story in such a powerful way that will be told to pupils across Wales.”

Mannon Williams, SchoolBeat co-ordinator on behalf of North Wales Police, said: ‘With some of our officers having witnessed first hand the effect of Olivia’s death on the school and young people in the community, we felt strongly that our road safety lesson needed to be updated to highlight the story of Olivia Alkir to try to save young lives in the future.

“The lesson has already been successfully tested in some schools in the region and the feedback has been overwhelming. We are now ready to launch to all secondary schools in Wales.

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Andy Dunbobbin said: ‘Road safety is a hugely important issue for all of us and I am determined that North Wales should have some of the roads the safest in the UK.

“It’s crucial that we share the message of safer driving with young people, who are often just learning to drive or who have recently passed their exams, and Olivia’s story is a powerful and moving to share this message with young drivers.

“Olivia’s story is the result of a tragic loss for a family and a community, but can help ensure that no other family or community suffers this same terrible loss. I would like to pay tribute to the family and Olivia’s friends for participating in the film and for sharing both their message of loss, as well as the lessons we should all learn to stay safe on the road.

Fire Chief Dawn Docx of the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘We are proud to be part of telling Olivia’s story to help educate young drivers on the road hazards.

“Our job as a fire and rescue service is not just to fight domestic fires – we see a high number of road accidents and work tirelessly with partner agencies to help educate drivers about the life-threatening consequences of speeding or not paying attention while driving.

“It is well documented that young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are disproportionately likely to be victims of road accidents. In Wales, this age group accounts for 11% of the population but 22% of all victims.

“Our heartfelt thanks go to Olivia’s family for allowing us to share her story to help educate school children in Wales.”

Olivia’s parents are now campaigning for a black box to be fitted to every youngster’s car. More information is available at: Olivia Alkir – In memory of Olivia (olivia-alkir.co.uk)

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