Coun­cil chief is proof of the im­por­tance of buck­ling up

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BUCKS County Coun­cil’s trans­port cab­i­net mem­ber and her deputy have both backed our Buckle Up cam­paign.

Both the cab­i­net mem­ber and her deputy for trans­port at Bucks County Coun­cil, Ruth Vigor-Hed­derly and Mark Shaw are keen to re­mind car users how im­por­tant seat­belts are.

Mr Shaw said he is liv­ing proof of the im­por­tance of the cam­paign after a seat­belt saved his life.

He said: “I had a crash 12 years ago and I would have gone through the wind­screen if I wasn’t wear­ing a seat­belt and died.

“I think it is very im­por­tant that ev­ery adult acts sen­si­bly and cam­paigns of is­sues like this are im­por­tant. It is es­sen­tial that from time to time, we raise aware­ness of things like this that can kill peo­ple.”

As a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent, which hap­pened in Hemel Hemp­sted, Mr Shaw had to have both of his hips re­placed.

He added: “I do have sym­pa­thy with the crash vic­tim of the crash in May, it is very young to die at the age of 21.”

Mrs Vigor-Hed­derly said: “Safety is of paramount im­por­tance for road users, in­clud­ing driv­ers, cy­clists and walk­ers. It is a mes­sage that we need to re­peat to our­selves.

“From the first time we get into a car, we need to learn how im­por­tant it is to wear a seat­belt. Many new mod­ern cars do not al­low you to drive with­out wear­ing a seat­belt with­out a bleep­ing sound.”

The coun­cil­lor added: “From when I first learned to drive when it wasn’t com­pul­sory to wear a seat­belt, it was au­to­matic for me. I would get in the car and put it on and that is how it should be.

“Peo­ple may say they for­get to wear a seat belt, it could be some­one that is not used to wear­ing a seat­belt, it could be some­one who doesn’t think that they need a seat belt as they are just nip­ping up the road. It doesn’t take long to put one on and in all of th­ese cases, it could save your life.”

SUPPORT: Mark Shaw was in­jured in a crash 12 years ago and be­low, Ruth Vig­orHed­der­ley be­lieves safety is of paramount im­por­tance

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