News from Brake
Friday 28 September 2018
Stephen Twigg, Member of Parliament for Liverpool, West Derby, has been awarded the Brake and Direct Line Group Parliamentarian Award for September, for his efforts to improve road safety near schools.
Stephen’s campaigning efforts were inspired by the story of Bobby Colleran, a six year old boy who was tragically killed outside Blackmoor Park school in Liverpool in 2014. Bobby’s parents created the Bobby Colleran Trust and developed the idea of ‘Bobby Zones’ to improve the safety of schoolchildren and ensure that other parents do not have to suffer similar tragedies. Bobby Zones are areas around schools with a maximum speed limit of 20mph and where there is no parking or dropping off allowed.
Stephen has been working with Bobby’s parents to help implement Bobby Zones across the north-west and has campaigned to gain support for their rollout on a national level. On 13 September, Stephen led a Westminster Hall debate on this issue, asking Roads Minister Jesse Norman to support the introduction of Bobby Zones across the UK and winning agreement that the Department for Transport would consider such a policy as part of the ongoing Cycling and Walking Safety Review.
Stephen has long been a passionate advocate of road safety and has chaired the Livia Award panel, which recognises the Metropolitan police officer in the traffic operational command unit judged to have provided the most meritorious service, for over 20 years.
In 2017, 1269 child pedestrians and 369 child cyclists were killed or seriously injured – more than four every single day . In urban areas where families live, and children play and go to school, default speed limits are currently set at 30mph, however 20mph is recognised as a much safer speed. At 30mph, stopping distances can be twice those at 20mph. Brake has long called for safer speed limits through its Pace for People campaign and believes now is the time for action to make our communities safer.
Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said:
“Stephen’s work with the Bobby Colleran Trust has undoubtedly saved the lives of schoolchildren in the north-west and so this award is richly deserved. We applaud him for his efforts and urge the Government to recognise and learn from the safety example set by Bobby Zones in the north-west.”
“It is our duty to keep children walking our streets safe but we are falling desperately short. Latest figures show that more than four child pedestrians or cyclists are killed or seriously injured on our roads every day and this is simply unacceptable. However, we do know the solutions to these problems. We urge the Government to rollout 20mph speed limits in urban areas and re-prioritise walkers and cyclists above the motor car. We need to reclaim our streets and make them safe places for schoolchildren, and walkers and cyclists of all ages, to travel in.“
Commenting, Stephen Twigg MP said:
“I am honoured to receive this award and indebted to the tireless work of Bobby Colleran’s parents to ensure that no family has to suffer what they have suffered. Keeping children travelling to school safe has to be a priority.”
Gus Park, Managing Director of Motor Insurance at Direct Line Group, said:
“Too many children are still being killed or injured on our roads. Stephen’s work with Bobby’s parents and the trust they set up in such sad circumstances, will undoubtedly save lives.”
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Notes to Editors:
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK’s flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
About Direct Line Insurance Group plc
Direct Line Group is headquartered in Bromley. Through its number of well known brands the Group offers a wide range of general insurance products to consumers. These brands include Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege. The Group also provides insurance services for third parties through its partnerships division, Direct Line Group Partnerships. In the commercial sector, the Group’s NIG and Direct Line for Business operations offer insurance products for businesses distributed through brokers or direct, respectively.
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