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Vince

Vince

Name: Vince Bardell
Age: 23
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Bridgwater, Somerset
Campaign: Stop unsafe motorcycling

I passed my motorbike test when I was in my teens and instantly thought that I could own the roads.

 

So I jumped from my small engine motorbike which I passed my test on and straight onto a larger bike - a jump which was illegal at the time.

 

I was overconfident and stupid, and began riding too fast. While I was riding the bike, the rear tyre exploded. I lost control and hit a lorry head-on. I cannot remember anything else about the accident.

 

Later that day, I awoke in hospital. I was wedged underneath the truck for two hours, and had broken my neck, collar bone, and legs. The doctors said I was lucky I did not die.

 

I remained in intensive care for three months, but I was always determined to recover. And now I have, I want to make a difference to how young people treat the roads.

 

I'm making a film with Fixers to highlight the dangers of the roads, and how you have to treat the roads, the law, and other road users with respect. My mistake almost killed me, and I do not want other young people passing their tests and thinking they are the best drivers in the world.

 

The rules are there for a reason, and I hope my Fixers film shows that the faster you ride, the faster you may die.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Lee Godfrey
Jack Potter
Tom Guest

Bridgwater YMCA

The local branch of the YMCA where I live, and who have supported me since my accident.

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