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YOUNG driver who has been af­fected by a fa­tal road crash sup­ports our Buckle Up cam­paign.

Ben Har­ris, of Savay Close, in Den­ham, has been stopped and fined by po­lice for not wear­ing a seat­belt.

We launched the cam­paign fol­low­ing the death of Pa­trik Biel in May fol­low­ing a car crash in Amer­sham. The 21-yearold may have sur­vived had he been wear­ing a seat­belt.

Mr Har­ris, 23, said: “I was com­ing through Ger­rards Cross when I was 19. I had not put on a seat­belt as I found it to be un­com­fort­able. The po­lice

You never know what is

go­ing to hap­pen when you are driv­ing and

not wear­ing a seat­belt cost Vicky

her life”

stopped me and they gave me a fine, I got caught out.

“It was re­ally stupid and I do un­der­stand why the po­lice do stop peo­ple. I knew that I should but you al­ways think that it won’t be you who gets stopped.

“You never know though if a car will hit you and wear­ing that seat­belt could save your life. It is bet­ter to just put it on than to risk it. I have worn one ever since I got stopped and fined.”

Mr Har­ris’s cousin Vicky Bishop died in a car crash in 2002 when she was 16.

Vicky, who lived in New Road, Tylers Green, was not wear­ing a seat­belt and was a pas­sen­ger in a car that crashed into a tree on the way to Winkers night­club, be­tween High Wy­combe and Amer­sham.

The for­mer Chalfonts Com­mu­nity Col­lege stu­dent said: “It was down to some­one else’s stupid driv­ing, Vicky was in the back of the car.

“It made me feel even more stupid for get­ting stopped for not wear­ing a seat­belt when I know what can hap­pen.

“You never know what is go­ing to hap­pen when you are driv­ing and not wear­ing a seat­belt cost Vicky her life.

“Th­ese things only take a cou­ple of seconds.

“Ev­ery­one was torn apart by it, life hasn’t been the same since it hap­pened.

“I support the cam­paign.

“There is noth­ing we can do can bring Vicky back, but mak­ing more peo­ple aware of the im­por­tance of seat­belts would mean that Vicky did not die in vain.”

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