Savannah Foran-McDaniel from Karana Downs will appear on TV screens over Easter in a powerful commercial to encourage people to stop speeding over Easter.
Savannah Foran-McDaniel from Karana Downs will appear on TV screens over Easter in a powerful commercial to encourage people to stop speeding over Easter. Rob Williams

VIDEO: New campaign hopes to reduce road toll

AT JUST 11 years old Savannah Foran-McDaniel is taking on one of Queensland's biggest killers.

The Mount Crosby State School student is the face of a new campaign urging motorists to slow down and help reduce unnecessary deaths on our roads this Easter.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads 'Let's change the way we look at speed' campaign was launched in response to last year's Easter road toll, which was the worst seen in Queensland in 20 years.
 

It will see commercials air over the holiday period to remind motorists that speeding of any sort can have devastating consequences.

"When mum told me what the commercial was about I thought it was a really important message that people had to learn," she said.

"Speeding is really dangerous. Even if it's just six or seven kilometres over, speeding can kill someone."

In the powerful commercial the Year 6 student from Karana Downs plays a girl hit by a speeding car.

She confronts the driver, who didn't believe he was going that fast, the day before the accident.

Next an emotional Savannah is seen telling the driver he was travelling fast enough to kill her.

The end of the video shows the young actress lying on the road after being hit by the speeding car the very next day.

"It was really challenging to film this commercial," Savannah said.

"I had to imagine how I would feel if the same thing happened to me.

"It was challenging to do something so emotional."

According to her mother Vicki Foran, Savannah has always been a stickler for keeping to the road rules.

"When I'm driving she's always checking if I'm doing the speed limit," Mrs Foran said.

"She's always been a little road safety advocated."



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