Mum’s backing for road safety campaign

Lydia Taylor Harrison
Lydia Taylor Harrison
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THE mother of a teenager who died in a motorbike crash has backed a campaign which has reduced the number of road deaths in Wyre.

Lydia Taylor-Harrison, 18, was travelling as a pillion passenger when she was thrown from the back of her boyfriend’s bike when it collided with a Nissan Micra along Rawcliffe Road, St Michaels, in August 2011.

Her mother, Lisa Taylor, 48, of Carr End Lane, Stalmine, today said she was pleased a six-year education and enforcement campaign run by Lancashire Police resulted in no drivers aged under-30 being killed in a road accident in Wyre last year.

She told The Gazette: “It’s comforting for me that not as many people are dying.

“I only had one child and now she’s gone, anything that makes the roads safer should be done.

“Anything that stops people acting like mad men on the roads I will support, but in my daughter’s case, it was a pure accident.

“My daughter’s boyfriend had motorbikes for years and he knew if the weather was bad he wouldn’t go quickly.”

In 2006, nine people under the age of 30 were killed in road collisions in Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe and 48 people were seriously injured.

Officers worked with the fire service and councillors to visit irresponsible drivers causing trouble on the roads.

And last year, the number of people under 30 who were seriously injured dropped to 27 and no-one was killed.

Sgt Nigel Ralphson, of the road policing unit, said: “Young drivers are less experienced behind the wheel but they often take more risks on the road, which is why they can be more likely to be involved in a serious collision.

“It has been very important we get a clear message across to young motorists their behaviour could have a direct impact on the safety of themselves and their passengers, with devastating consequences.”

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