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Abi

Abi

Name: Abi Phillips
Age: 18
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Liphook, Hampshire
Campaign: To encourage greater road safety

When I was nine years old, I had to deal with the tragic news that my sister, Kelly, had been killed in a car accident.

 

It was only weeks before Kelly's 18th birthday when she made the decision to accept a lift from someone she knew - a driver who happened to be unlicensed.

 

The driver of the car lost control and hit a tree at 80mph, killing them both instantly.

 

My sister was my role model, so it was really tough looking up to her one day and then she was just gone. Turning 18 myself was difficult because it dawned on me that I was reaching an age my sister never had.

 

But now I am using the story of my sister to raise awareness of how important keeping safe on the road is. Young people have so much confidence and enthusiasm for driving, but it can end in tragedy.

 

Through a film, I hope to encourage more support for the training of young people in areas such as reaction times and hazard perception to improve the quality of young drivers.

Thanks to my team who are supporting me on this project:

 

Anthony Foruria
Caroline Johns
Callum Twigg
Alice Birch
Lydia Hague

Emma Gardner, Drive IQ

Emma appeared in my television piece to speak about the problems facing young drivers.

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 to discuss road safety for young people.

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. 

 

My local MP, Damien Hinds, attended and lent his support, saying:

 

'My constituent Abi, who was one of the panellists at the Fixers Road Savvy Forum, has done a brave and amazing thing to champion this cause consistently, a very fitting way to honour the memory of her sister who was so tragically taken away from their family.  What Abi and her colleagues are doing is a very impactful way to get across key messages both to policy-makers and to other young people.'

 

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

 

Following my attendance at the Road Savvy Forum, I was featured on ITV Meridian News West, click here to watch the full broadcast.

 

 

Fixer Abi Phillips at the Fixers Road Savvy Forum

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