A Gloucestershire mum has spoken about the crash that killed her son for the launch of a new safe driving campaign.
Lisa Hill lost her 26-year-old son Nick Sansom in 2015, when his motorbike collided with a car on the A40 near Cheltenham.
“It doesn’t go away. It’s always in the back of your head”, she said.
“You can be going down the road and see a motorbike or see a near-miss and it’s there, back in your mind. People say time’s a healer but it’s not”.
“I didn’t even know he had a motorbike but it turned out he’d had it for three weeks and hadn’t told me.
“Nick had no experience on the roads; he had always caught the bus. He never even in his life rode a bicycle.
“I cannot get my head around how or why it’s allowed for someone to take a short computer based test and then be allowed to ride a powerful 125 moped without any experience”.
Lisa told her story for today’s launch of a nationwide safe and social driving campaign called ‘The Power of 2 Wheels’. She also takes part in the What if? road safety roadshows aimed at new and learner drivers at Gloucestershire secondary schools
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said: “I am not only grateful but also full of admiration for Lisa. This has been a devastating experience for all her family and yet she is prepared to re-live it in the hope others will be spared.
“Riders on two wheels are especially exposed. The whole point of safe and social driving is to make our roads safer but also to encourage all road users to be more considerate and courteous towards each other.”
Motorcyclists remain one of the most vulnerable road users, accounting for 19 per cent of all road deaths in Great Britain in 2017. 349 motorcyclists lost their lives during 2017, a 9 per cent increase in 12 months.
Pedal cyclists also come under the vulnerable road user group accounting for 6 per cent of all roads deaths in Great Britain in 2017.
‘The Power of 2 Wheels’ campaign is aimed at improving road safety and the behaviour of riders; reducing the number of fatal and serious injury accidents as well as enforcing compliance of Road Traffic Regulations.
Mark Astle, assistant chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “All road users have a responsibility for the safety of both themselves and all others that use our roads so we hope this campaign will help reduce the number of accidents and fatalities.
Cllr Dave Norman, Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Lisa has shown incredible bravery in sharing her story and we hope it will make motorbike and bike riders take great care when they are out on the roads.”