“A Girl meets a Boy” tells the story of Tom and Cassie and how their first meeting at a lonely bus stop, changes their lives forever. We open on Tom as he arrives to bus stop, clearly distressed – his hands injured, scarred and the only proof of the events prior. It’s obvious he’s attempting to run away, both physically and mentally from what has happened. Sitting at the bus stop to take a breath, he’s interrupted by Cassie – a complete polar opposite to Tom’s reserved nature. She’s witty with a dark sense of humour and very invasive of Tom’s personal space and his injuries. She’s at the bus stop for her own set of reasons. Cassie tries to get him to tell her what happened, but he refuses, still traumatised. So Cassie makes a deal with him – she’ll go first and tell him the bad thing she did. Then he has to tell her. So she tells him her story – everything. How her family is broken and unfixable. How she bears the brunt of their separation, how she is invisible and how this forced her to burn her house down. Tom is shocked. But not as shocked when she reveals she encountered a bright white light and blacked out. Tom knows. It can’t be a coincidence. He has no choice but to confess what he did. How he was under the influence of alcohol while driving, and how a poor girl suffered the consequence of his actions. Cassie doesn’t think too much of it. Until his story reveals the painful truth. It was no random girl that was the victim of Tom’s irresponsible and dangerous behaviour – it was Cassie. Now having known what has really become of her, Cassie looks at Tom, pleading him to make it all better. But it’s too late. The damage is done. As Tom stops crying and looks towards Cassie, a car zooms past the stop. And she’s gone. There’s nothing he can do anymore. It’s all over.
Statistics have shown that out of the 3.4 million RBT’s conducted in 2021, 33% of those driving were teenagers and young adults.
In 2016 alone, more than 1 in 5 drivers killed were aged, 17- 25.
From 2o18 – 2019, almost 4% of teens had driven under the influence of alcohol.