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
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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