Connor Graham’s family backs road safety campaign

Little Connor Graham wears his father's TA uniform
Little Connor Graham wears his father's TA uniform

THE family of toddler Connor Graham, who died after being knocked down by a car, say more needs to be done to keep children safe on our roads.

Five years ago, on August 29, Paula Luders was collecting Connor and his brother Corey from Stepping Stones Nursery, Claremount Road, Boothtown.

Connor managed to get free of his mum’s grip and ran out into the road where he was hit by a Ford Fiesta.

Paula and Connor’s father Neville will be at the nursery today supporting Beep Beep! Day.

The scheme coordinated by road safety charity Brake and sponsored by Churchill Insurance involves hundreds of nurseries teaching tots road safety lessons.

It is also calling for drivers to be more careful on the roads and to slow down to 20mph in family areas and outside schools.

Connor’s uncle Mark Luders has been campaigning for safety measures outside the nursery and took part in a sky dive to raise funds for Brake.

He said: “It’s hard to describe the terrible impact of Connor’s death on the family.

“It was literally our worst nightmare come true, and five years on we still miss him so much.

“It’s crucial that we teach children about the dangers of moving vehicles, but we also need whole communities to take responsibility for stopping more children being hurt or killed on our roads.

“We need to make drivers realise that slowing down is vital in making our communities safer for children and we need more done to make roads safer, like 20mph limits.

Julie Townsend, campaigns director at Brake, said: “No family should have to go through what Connor Graham’s family experienced – and drivers can help stop these tragedies by slowing to 20mph or below around schools and homes.”

Schools or nurseries wanting to run a BeepBeep! Day can call Brake on 01484 559909.