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Jennifer

Jennifer

Name: Jennifer Byrne
Age: 20
Year of the Fix: 2012
Location: East Sussex
Campaign: Promote road safety

In February 2012, I lost my fiancée Laurence Bickham in a motorcycle accident when our bike and a bus collided.

 

I was seriously injured, but recovered. Unfortunately, Laurence died on impact.

 

I am lucky to be alive after sustaining serious injuries in the accident. It was only a short trip through Brighton, and so I decided not to wear my protective leathers, and this almost cost me my life.

 

I broke my sternum, pelvis, cracked my skull, broke my legs, and had to be resuscitated six times – all that just through an accident where I was not properly prepared.

 

Laurence always had big ideas to change the roads and help make them safer, so I started “The Laurence Law” in his name to promote road safety.

 

At first all we wanted were all angle mirrors made mandatory, but it has evolved into so much more from there, now the aims of The Laurence Law are to promote road safety, educating the new generation of drives to treat the roads – and road users – with respect.

 

Biking was in Laurence’s blood, and I am determined to keep his memory alive through my Fix.

 

I hope to spread my message and the memory of Laurence nationwide, encouraging young people to look at the topic of road safety in a new, serious light.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped with the project, but particularly my friend Rachel Collins who helped with the production of my campaign.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership

A website which campaigns for safer roads in the Sussex area.

 

Neil Hopkins, from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, said: "We were really impressed with Jen's Project. When we initially met her to conduct the filming, it was obvious that we were 'talking the same language' about the way we're looking to interact with young people to communicate information about road risk.

"The broadcast piece was excellent, as was her film. Not only is the messaging excellent, but the way it's told really appealed to us as well."

 

Sussex Police Road Policing Unit

The local police force, who have many initiatives in place for safer roads, support our Fixers project.

September 2013

I was a panellist at the Fixers Road Savvy Forum in London. It brought together Fixers, politicians, road safety experts and representatives from the emergency services.

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and former footballer and TV presenter Gary Lineker were among those there.

The day was split into two sessions.  In the morning I took part in a workshop, discussing the key road safety issues facing young people today.

In the afternoon, a forum was held where politicians and road safety professionals were given the chance to put questions to a panel of Fixers.  

Conclusions from the event are going to be presented to the Department for Transport in a ‘Fixers Green Paper’ as a contribution to the Government’s forthcoming Road Safety Green Paper.

 

Following my attendance at the Road Savvy Forum, I was featured on ITV Meridian News East to discuss road safety for young people. You can watch the full broadcast by clicking here.

 

Click here or on the photo below for videos, photos or for more information on the campaign.

 

From left to right, Manpreet Darroch, ITV presenter Nina Hossain, Jen Byrne, and Cathal O'Kane on the panel at the Road Savvy Campaign 2013.

 

June 2013

My story was featured in 'Love It!' magazine. You can see the story by clicking below.

 

 

 

 

December 2012:

I met with the Safer Communities Team in Shoreham, East Sussex, to discuss using my film in the future to educate young road users.

 

October 2012:

My piece is chosen for broadcast on ITV Meridian Tonight.

 

With this, my story was also featured in the Brighton Argus

and the Sussex Express.

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