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A Mount St Agnes student has won high praise from the Bermuda Road Safety Council after creating his own video message urging drivers to slow down.

The short clip created by 17-year-old Zak Johnson is a stroke of “creative genius”, according to Ali Bardgett, the chairwoman of the council.

Zak's video, put together from police collision footage, was shared after the first school screening of the documentary A Piece of The Rock.

The premise, which Ms Bardgett said “speaks volumes” in 30 seconds, was a simple one. “I took all these collisions and reversed it, so it's like you're hitting rewind,” he told The Royal Gazette.

“I ended the video by saying ‘think twice and reverse the cycle'.”

Zak's personal lessons have come through accidents of his own, doing “stupidness” on his bike.

“I've seen crazy things out there — people going around corners, swerving into your lane,” he said. “The normal crazy things that people do.”

Tinkering with the footage, provided by Inspector Robert Cardwell of the Bermuda Police Service, was Zak's first time editing.

The experience proved revealing: Zak is headed to St Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, where he plans on studying advertising and marketing communication.

“This video led me to what I want to learn after high school,” he said.

Mount St Agnes student Zak Johnson (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

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Published May 29, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 29, 2017 at 12:22 am)

Zak praised for road safety video

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