A road safety campaign highlighting the need to be seen during darker months will be launched in memory of a 26-year-old Skelton man who was killed while walking on a poorly-lit road.
‘Light up for Liam’ honours Liam Hibbins, a landscape gardener who died after he was hit by a car while walking along the Coast Road, Redcar, late one night in October 2017. The campaign will be producing and handing out reflective safety bands, which will be handed out in bars and clubs, as well as to children at schools.
“The launch of ‘Light up for Liam’ will bring home to people the importance of being seen during darker evenings and hopefully will lead to a decline in the number of serious and fatal road collisions.”
Liam’s mother, Alison, said: “Liam was my absolute world and I am struggling to find the words to express how I feel. Liam was caring, fun, kind, loyal and compassionate – I was so proud of him. I really hope that “Light up for Liam” will save lives and stop any other parent going through what I have been through and continue to go through each and every day.”
The campaign is supported by local road safety group RoadPeace North East as well as the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Andy McDonald MP, Simon Clarke MP, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger.
Mr Coppinger said: “Liam’s tragic loss has had a huge impact on his family, friends and the community as a whole, but unfortunately this isn’t the first time we have seen a serious collision on poorly-lit roads. We hope that no other family has to suffer the loss of a loved one on these roads, and this campaign is about making that happen.”
On Thursday 27 September, at 11am, family and friends will join road safety campaigners RoadPeace North East, Mr Coppinger, the Victim Support and Advice Service (VCAS), Cleveland Police and the ‘Street Angels’ on the Coast Road at Redcar, where Mr Hibbins died. Safety glow bands, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, will be handed out to help keep people safe on the roads as the darker nights draw in.
At 6pm, family and friends will walk a stretch of the Coast Road wearing the new bands.
The following morning, Andy McDonald MP will join children at Whinney Banks Primary School in Middlesbrough for a special school assembly aimed at discussing the importance of road safety.
Mr McDonald, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Middlesbrough said: “As children return to school and as the darker evenings draw in, it’s important they’re made aware of how dangerous roads can be and how to avoid being involved in a collision by staying seen.”
David Robinson, chairman of RoadPeace North East and serious injury lawyer at Thompsons Solicitors, added: “Liam’s death was a real tragedy - the lives of his loved ones were turned upside-down overnight. Thompsons continue to support them.
“Families and friends of road collision victims don’t always know where to turn, but there are a number of charities and supports groups out there who can help - RoadPeace North East and Thompsons Solicitors work together to campaign for road safety and support those who have lost loved ones on the road. At the same time, VCAS offers free and confidential help to people in Cleveland and Durham specifically and can use its local knowledge to offer emotional and practical help.
“The launch of ‘Light up for Liam’ will bring home to people the importance of being seen during darker evenings and hopefully will lead to a decline in the number of serious and fatal road collisions in the area – something we are continuing to campaign for in the North East and across the country.”
Posted on Wednesday 3rd October 2018