Council chief is proof of the importance of buckling up
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