WATCH: Whitehill Academy pupils spread road safety message with their own music video

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Pupils at a Halifax school will have you tapping your toes along to a song and video created to support Road Safety Week.

Whitehill Academy, Illingworth, teamed up with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to create the catchy ‘Keep It Safe’ video.

The Make the Brake pledge campaign, coordinated by road safety charity Brake, runs until November 27 and thousands of schools, groups and organisations are getting involved.

Over the last five years West Yorkshire’s firefighters have attended 3,483 road traffic collisions across the region, 107 of which resulted in fatalities.

Chris Kirby, area manager for fire Safety said: “Sadly, our firefighters attend a significant number of fatal road traffic collisions each year and these are upsetting for staff but also have a devastating effect on the friends and family of the victims. Every single one of these deaths is a needless tragedy.

“In addition hundreds of people each year have ended up in hospital with injuries following crashes.

“This awareness campaign delivers some vital messages about how to stay safe behind the wheel and we hope it will help make West Yorkshire’s, and indeed the whole of the UK’s roads safer.”

The Road Safety Week 2016 theme, Make the Brake Pledge, aims to help people understand six key things they can do to protect themselves and the people around them.

The six Brake Pledge points are: Slow, Sober, Secure, Silent, Sharp and Sustainable.

A special event will be held at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, on Thursday from 10am until noon, to help spread the message.

Karina Gonzalez, district prevention assistant for Calderdale, said: “The roadshow is a high impact production that aims to take young people specifically out of their comfort zone for them to consider the real affects a crash could have on them, their families and friends, not to mention the emergency services.

“Thankfully not many people have experienced being involved in a crash and therefore we aim to give them a detailed account from each emergency service, to make them feel the feelings and to try and imagine the pain and suffering some people go through as a consequence of sometimes not always dangerous, but just complacent, driving.”