South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  20 Nov 2019Families affected by fatal collisions speak out for Road Safety Week

As part of National Road Safety Week 2019, families affected by collisions have been sharing their stories about how they are making a difference.


Sharron Huddleston’s 18-year old daughter, Caitlin, was killed in a crash in 2017 when her friend, who had recently passed her driving test, lost control of their car.


Sharron is working with road safety charity Brake to improve young driver safety.


She said: “The death of my daughter, Caitlin, broke my heart.


“Knowing that Caitlin’s death could have been prevented is what pushes me on to campaign for better driver licensing and why I’m encouraging others to Step Up for Safe Streets for Road Safety Week.


“No mother should ever have to go through the pain of losing a child in a road crash but by working together we can try and make sure that tragedies like Caitlin’s never happen again.”


Jackie McCord’s 16-year-old daughter, Cassie, was killed in a crash in 2011 by a driver with poor eyesight.


Following this tragedy, Jackie successfully campaigned to get Cassie’s Law introduced, which gave police powers to fast track an application to revoke a motorist’s licence if they believe they are unfit to drive. 


“The pain of losing Cassie will never leave me but it’s important that people hear my story and understand that road crashes aren’t inevitable, or acceptable,” said Jackie.


“Getting Cassie’s Law introduced wasn’t easy, but it was worth it, as it has helped make our roads safer. I encourage everyone to think about how they can help make our roads safer and what they can do to Step Up for Safe Streets this Road Safety Week.”


On average, there is a death or serious injury on a UK road every 20 minutes. Brake believes that every road death and serious injury is preventable and is urging everyone to think about how they can “Step Up for Safe Streets” for Road Safety Week. 


 Road Safety Week 2019 partners, Kwik-Fit and Specsavers, are also backing the campaign for safe streets, with Kwik-Fit offering free vehicle safety checks at more than 600 centres across the country and Specsavers touring a virtual reality driving experience to encourage people to make sure their eyesight is good enough for driving.


 Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “Across the country, people are working tirelessly to campaign for safe streets, organising petitions, meeting with MPs and councillors and raising money and awareness.


“This Road Safety Week we want everyone to think about how they can do their bit and step up for safe streets. Can you join or start a local campaign? Do you need to take the car on your next journey, or could you walk, cycle or get the bus?


“If you are travelling by car, will you pledge to always keep within speed limits and never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs? Let’s all Step Up for Safe Streets and, together, we can help make roads safer for everyone.”