HUN­DREDS BACK OUR CAM­PAIGN

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Buckle Up!

THE coro­ner who is­sued a plea for ev­ery mo­torist and pas­sen­ger to wear a seat­belt after the death of 21-year-old Pa­trik Biel has backed our Buckle Up! cam­paign to keep peo­ple safe on the road.

Richard Hulett has been the coro­ner for Buck­ing­hamshire since 1991 and pre­sides over ev­ery sud­den, un­ex­pected death in the county, in­clud­ing all fa­tal road crashes.

At the in­quest into the death of Pa­trik Biel, who lived in Devon­shire Av­enue, Amer­sham, it was re­vealed that the young driver was not wear­ing a seat­belt at the time of the crash in Rec­tory Hill that claimed his life.

In an in­ter­view with this news­pa­per, Mr Hulett backed our cam­paign and said that buck­ling up can of­ten be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

“Seat­belts do not save lives ev­ery time but it is a very easy thing to do – you get into a car and you should put on a seat­belt with­out think­ing, yet some peo­ple do not. Ev­ery year there are cases when the of­fi­cers say that crashes could have been sur­viv­able if peo­ple had worn seat­belts.

Mr Hulett added: “It must be hor­ri­ble for fam­i­lies – it is some­thing that comes out of the in­quest. You can’t lec­ture the dead but other peo­ple can take note and put on a seat­belt. It is those col­li­sions when peo­ple are thrown from the ve­hi­cle, and that would not hap­pen if peo­ple were wear­ing a seat­belt.

“It is the sim­plest thing to do,” he stressed, “and it could be some­thing that saves your life.”

Mr Hulett ex­plained that as tech­nol­ogy has im­proved, cars have be­come safer, but it is the sim­ple act of buck­ling up that can make the big­gest dif­fer­ence.

“Cars have evolved so well that a lot of life-chang­ing in­juries do not hap­pen. The per­cent­age of deaths from road traf­fic col­li­sions has gone down.”

Buckle Up!

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VOICE OF EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Coro­ner Richard Hulett

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