School children and bereaved families launch RSW10
Presenting the Kids Say Slow Down survey - Downing Street
As part of Road Safety Week Brake and insurance specialists QBE conducted a survey of more than 15,000 9-13 year olds which was presented to Downing Street.
Brake volunteers Caroline Derrick, whose niece Hannah Hudson was knocked down and killed by a speeding driver, and Michelle Kirby, whose nephew Tommy Kenny was also knocked down and killed, attended alongside Michelle's two sons Sonny and Stan, and two pupils from Longshaw Primary School in Chingford.
Scotland - Glasgow launch
Children at St Paul's Primary School in Whiteinch, Glasgow, campaigned for drivers to slow down and park safely outside their school. They launched Road Safety Week alongside the family of a young woman, Stacey Muldoon who was killed aged 23 when the car she was in crashed. Together, they called on drivers across Scotland to slow down to 20mph or below around schools and homes.
Leigh Payne, bereaved sister, said: "We are a close family and Stacey brought so much happiness to all our lives. My family has come to the Road Safety Week launch in Scotland to show our support for slower speed limits to protect communities. The children in my family know only too well the terrible consequences of speeding; together we are calling on drivers to slow down and save other families from the heartache that we have had to suffer."
Northern Ireland - Belfast launch
Children at Corpus Christi College in Belfast, which has problems with speeding drivers outside
the school, launched Road Safety Week alongside Anne-Marie Fitzpatrick, 14, and her father Kevin Fitzpatrick. They lost their mother/wife, Dana, 28 and brother/son Kevin, 8. They were killed by a speeding driver as they crossed a road.
Anne-Marie said: "I support Road Safety Week 2010 because I want drivers to slow down so that other families don't have to go through what mine has. I have had to grow up without my mother or big brother so I am living proof of the harm that speed can cause. Please listen to our campaign and slow down around homes and schools."
Wales - Cardiff launch
Children at Ninian Park Primary School in Cardiff, a school where two pupils have already been knocked down, campaigned for slower speeds on local roads. They were joined by Angie Smith, a bereaved mother from Wenvoe whose son was killed while getting a lift in a friend's car in 2005.
Angie said: "Kyle's death is something we will never get over - losing a child suddenly and violently is something I wouldn't wish on anyone. I'm supporting Road Safety Week in memory of Kyle and backing Brake's call for drivers to slow down - staying within limits and cutting your speed to 20mph around schools and homes could save a child's life, and it will cost you nothing."
North West - Wigan launch
Children at Shevington High School in Wigan, a school concerned about the dangers posed to pupils by fast traffic outside, launched Road Safety Week alongside Amanda Goodison. Amanda's 10 year old daughter, Rebecca Harrison, was killed by a speeding driver.
Amanda Said: "When Rebecca died, part of my heart died with her and life will never be the same again. I miss her every minute of every day and it's hard to imagine the rest of my life without her in it. I am supporting Road Safety Week because I want drivers to slow down to 20mph in towns and villages and I want the government to listen to us and reduce the limit to 20mph"
North East - Sunderland launch
Children at Southmoor Community School in Sunderland are campaiging to make their roads safer. They face danger from speeding drivers on the busy road outside their school. They launched Road Safety Week alongside Karon Hylton whose 14 year old son, Daniel Evans, a pupil at the school, was run over and killed outside the school.
Karon said: "We forget how powerful a machine a car is, and we forget the damage they can do to fragile human bodies. We need to be reminded. That's why I am supporting Road Safety Week 2010."
Yorkshire & the Humber - Leeds launch
Children at Morley High School in Leeds, a school campaigning for drivers to slow down on the road outside, launched Road Safety Week alongside the mother, sister and friends of Hannah Hudson. Hannah was a pupil at the school. She was run over and killed by a speeding driver while she walked on the pavement metres from her house.
Toni Hudson, bereaved mother said: "I am supporting Road Safety Week to call on drivers to slow down to save a life. I wouldn't wish the death of a child on anyone, the agony is indescribable. Please, please remember Hannah and drive at 20mph around homes and schools."
West Midlands - Birmingham launch
Children at The Springfield Project children's centre and Springfield Primary School in Birmingham, launched Road Safety Week alongside Ros Pettigrew, a bereaved mum whose son Ryan, 14, was knocked down and killed on his paper round.
Ros said: "When you lose a child I don't think you ever stop grieving, you just learn to live with the pain; it's a life sentance. If everyone slowed down to 20mph or below around schools and homes, it would help to prevent more families going through this - so I'm pleading with drivers to commit to slowing down in memory of Ryan."
East of England - Dereham launch
Children at Yaxham CE VA Primary School in Dereham launched Road Safety Week by calling
on drivers across the East of England to slow down to 20mph around schools and homes.
The school is desperately worried about the safety of children crossing the road outside the school, as many drivers fail to slow down when they enter the 30mph speed limit.
East Midlands - Nottingham launch
Children at Middleton Primary and Nursery school in Nottingham, a school worried about the threat of speeding drivers outside, launched Road Safety Week alongside Alice and Ian Pearmain, the daughter and husband of a woman who was killed when a driver lost control on a bend.
Alice said: "I'm really proud to be supporting Road Safety Week in memory of my mum. Losing her was the most painful thing you can imagine - and knowing she would still be with us if someone had just slowed down for a bend makes it hurt even more."
South West - Swindon launch
Children at Lethbridge Primary School in Swindon called on drivers across the South West to
slow down to 20mph or below around schools and homes. Lethbridge Primary School was Tyrese Hannah's school. The launch was attended by Tyrese's young friends and his mum Caroline Hannah.
Caroline said: "I'm appealing to everyone in the South West to make the decision to slow down to 20mph when driving in communities. The children you read about in the papers being killed on our roads are real children, yet so many drivers continue to drive too fast, without making the connection between these deaths and their own actions."
South East - London launch
Children at Longshaw Primary School in Chingford called on drivers across London and the
South East to slow down to 20mph around schools and homes alongside two pupils who have been knocked down whilst walking, and families who have experienced the devastating death of a child on our roads.
Caroline Derrick from Kent, who attended the London launch. Caroline's niece, Hannah Hudson, 12, was knocked down and killed while she walked on the pavement metres from her house. Caroline said "I want to do everything I can to stop this happening to someone else's family. For a child so young and so full of promise to be killed so violently and so out of the blue, is devastating. Her death was caused by someone who thoughtlessly drove at outrageous speeds without a care for the families who live on the street. Now she is dead because of his actions."
Michelle Kirby from London, attended the London launch with her children Sonny, 6, and Stan, 8. Her nephew Tommy Kenny, 10, was killed when he was crossing a 30mph road. The driver was found to be doing 30-39 mph. Michelle said "I am supporting Road Safety Week because I believe that we desperately need to reduce limits on roads around schools and homes to 20mph."
South - Oxford launch
Children at Windmill Primary School in Headington launched Road Safety Week by calling on drivers to slow down to 20mph or below around schools and homes. The school had a 20mph zone installed outside last year, so the children and school representatives will be speaking out about the difference that slower speeds make to community safety.
Lynn Knapp, head teacher at Windmill Primary School, said: “We’re incredibly fortunate to have a 20mph zone outside. Before it was introduced we were desperately worried about the threat of traffic to the children’s safety. Most schools are not as fortunate, and of course many of our pupils live on roads where fast traffic stops them getting out and about safely. That’s why we’re backing Road Safety Week, and calling on drivers to slow down to 20mph on all roads where there are homes, schools and community facilities. We’re also encouraging authorities to put in place 20mph limits as widely as possible in communities – it makes the world of difference when it comes to protecting children.”