Dad helps lead road safety bid

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A BEREAVED dad has joined a road safety campaign to try to stop other people’s children from dying in road crashes like his son.

Sutterton father Ian Hackett has dedicated himself to the cause of Brake – a road safety charity – after losing 18-year-old son James in a collision on the A16 at Kirton in May 2008.

James’ family now run an annual charity football match in Sutterton in honour of their son and to support Brake, and Ian was one of the East Midlands faces of the charity’s national November campaign.

The dedicated dad said: “James’ death devastated my family. James was a loving, loyal and kind son, brother and friend.

“We all miss him dreadfully and our love for him still grows daily. You live to make your children happy and healthy – when that’s taken away from you, you lose all sense of purpose.

“I don’t want other families to have to go through this which is why I am asking all drivers, young and old, to think of James and do all they can to prevent further road deaths.

“That means slowing down, not overtaking unless it’s essential, not driving on drink or drugs, and always belting up.”

Brake is calling for the Government to do something to stop road deaths of young people,

It wants tougher steps for young motorists such as a minimum learning period and restrictions for what novice drivers are able to do.

Julie Townsend, campaigns director at Brake, said: “We need drivers of all ages to show compassion at the wheel, to realise they have lives in their hands, and pledge to drive safely and legally. And we need the Government to help young, inexperienced drivers to be safer, by implementing graduated driver licensing: we’re appealing for a commitment to this evidenced, life-saving policy during Road Safety Week.”

Brake says 75 per cent of young drivers would favour licence restrictions. It says 60 per cent fear for their lives while in a car driven by a young person and 58 per cent feel they have been endangered by a peer taking risks through speeding or drink-driving.