Families hit by tragedy call for action to prevent road deaths

Break road safety charity and firefighters get together for Road Safety Week, with 11 young people representing the number that died on the roads last year.
Break road safety charity and firefighters get together for Road Safety Week, with 11 young people representing the number that died on the roads last year.
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FAMILIES who have lost loved ones in crashes got together in Halifax yesterday to call for tougher driving licence restrictions for young people.

Elaine Noble, from Savile Park, was among the campaigners at Halifax Playhouse where firefighters also staged a mock accident to educate young drivers as part of Road Safety Week,

Her 17-year-old daughter Jade Rice was killed along with with another 17-year-old, Daniel Atkinson, when the car they were passengers in smashed into a tree and a lamp post in Bradley, near Brighouse, in January 2006.

She said: “When it comes to birthdays and Christmas, it’s just not a celebration. We are all numb.

“Jade’s death has left a hole in our family. I bottle it up and can’t talk about it because I’m worried people will think I should have moved on by now – but I can’t.

“It chills me to think that more families must go through this agony every day of having a young person snatched away from them suddenly and violently.

“More needs to be done to prevent these tragedies.”

She is backing charity Brake’s call for the Government to take action.

The charity says there is evidence that graduated driver licensing, which includes a minimum learning to drive period and restrictions for novices, would prevent injuries and deaths.