With statistics showing that road accidents are the number one killer of young people in the UK, Fixers are taking action on road safety.
To have their voices heard, 20 Fixers and over 50 guests attended the 'Fixers Road Savvy Forum' at the Abbey Centre in Westminster on Wednesday 4th September.
The event brought together young people, politicians and road safety experts to discuss the biggest road safety issues facing the country today.
Fixers from across the nation participated in a morning workshop session, brainstorming ways to improve road safety. The findings will be presented to the government in the form of a ‘Fixers Green Paper', following the Department of Transport’s decision to consult on road safety proposals.
In the afternoon, a panel of five Fixers – Jordan Bone, Manpreet Darroch, Jen Byrne, Cathal O’Kane and Abi Phillips – used these ideas to answer questions from an audience of politicians and road safety advocates. The discussion was hosted by ITV presenter Nina Hossain.
Jordan (23) from Kings Lynn, who was paralysed at fifteen in a car crash after accepting a lift from a newly-qualified driver, said she hopes it will encourage more road safety education for youth.
‘I want young people to realize the dangers that are out there. My message to the government is, listen to young people, have young people go into schools and talk about their experiences with driving or with the accidents that they’ve had, to make an impact on others.’
Liphook Fixer Abi (18), whose sister was killed in a car accident, also stressed that more needs to be done to raise awareness.
‘When you hear about crashes, you don’t hear much about mechanical problems being the cause. You hear about distractions. That’s why the education provided about road safety needs to be more hard-hitting.
‘I also think things relating to road safety need to be made cool. It’s much cooler to be safe than to die.’
The first to address a question to the Fixer panel was UK Transport Minister Stephen Hammond, who was very impressed by the depth of thought and practicality of some of the solutions they brought forward.
‘In the UK we have some of the safest roads for young people, but they need to be a lot safer. It’s a mixture of the excitement for young people getting in a car, making sure they understand the hazards of doing so, and putting in place the right restrictions, and then making sure that young people appreciate why those restrictions are there.’
TV presenter and motoring expert Quentin Willson also supported the event, saying: ‘The Fixers campaign on road safety is really important, and this is a subject that I have been banging on about for years. I’m 150 per cent behind what Fixers are doing and I think it’s great.’
Seventeen-year-old actor Tyger Drew-Honey, who recently passed his driving test, also took part in the discussion. ‘Fixers is fantastic because it is giving young people a say in how the process of learning to drive can be made safer, and in turn they are helping to reduce the number of young fatalities on the road.’
Scroll down to see some photos from the Fixers Road Savvy Forum.
Road Safety Fixers Abi Philips, Jordan Bone and Jen Byrne
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond (right) listening to
Fixers panel at Road Savvy Forum
Fixer Manpreet Darroch with former footballer Gary Lineker
who attended the Fixers Road Savvy Forum
TV Presenter & Motoring Expert Quentin Willson
listening to Fixers during panel discussion
From left to right, Fixers Jodie Knowles Baker, Sophie Lejeune and Becky Bellworthy with actor Tyger Drew-Honey
Road Safety Fixer Cathal O'Kane