Harpenden singer stars in dangerous driving awareness film

Luke is a singer-songwriter from Harpenden who has gone on to enter in the top 20 iTunes R&B chart.

Luke is a singer-songwriter from Harpenden who has gone on to enter in the top 20 iTunes R&B chart. - Credit: Archant

A local singer has starred in a short film to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.

Luke Pickett, 29, from Harpenden, has featured in the film Cadence, which shows using your phone while driving can have devastating consequences.

The short movie was created by a group of graduates and funded by the AA Charitable Trust for Road Safety as part of a national driver distraction campaign.

The film, which was written by Emmeline Kellie, a Derby University graduate, shares the story of Billy, played by Luke, who is determined to break into the music industry with his girlfriend Alice, played by Emmeline. A poor decision made by Billy then puts the couple in a dangerous situation.

Two of Luke’s songs feature in the production and he also wrote the original score for the film.

Luke, who funded his first EP in 2005 through working at Tesco, said: “I was keen to work on the Cadence project as it is an unconventional approach to road safety and hopefully it will help to save lives.

“It will be targeted at social media users, schools, and colleges.”

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Edmund Kind OBE, AA Charitable Trust director, added: “We are delighted that Luke agreed to star and share his brilliant music in Cadence.

“This epidemic of handheld mobile phone use while driving has already cost lives and drivers have demanded action.

“Our campaign aims to change attitudes, but it must be supported by tougher penalties and more cops in cars.”

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