John Smith, MP for Vale of Glamorgan, October 2007

october07John Smith, MP for Vale of Glamorgan
John Smith MP is working with a bereaved constituent to stop the horrifying number of drink-drive crashes involving young drivers - drivers aged 17-19 are six times more likely to have a drink-drive crash than drivers aged 30-34.

John has worked for more than a year with constituent Roger Palmer, whose son Aaron was 18 years old when he was hit and killed by a 20-year-old drink-driver as he walked along a grass verge on Boxing Day 2003.

In October this year, to mark Road Safety Week, John stepped up the campaign by tabling an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to undertake a thorough review of the current legislation affecting young drink-drivers and urging it to provide compulsory road safety education to young people (EDM 2181).

John built upon this Parliamentary work by persuading local schools in his constituency to allow him to visit with Roger to give road safety presentations to students. John and Roger have since visited two local secondary schools to raise awareness of the dangers of irresponsible driving using information from the FedEx and Brake Road Safety Academy. Following the talk, students at Barry Comprehensive School discussed how they could improve road safety, and are planning to set up a safe driving club within the school.

This recent step-up in campaigning follows John’s earlier support for a campaign by Roger Palmer when he collected more than 20,000 signatures calling for drink-drivers involved in fatal crashes to have their licences permanently revoked. John accompanied Mr and Mrs Palmer to 10 Downing Street to present their petition in December 2006. Click here to read a BBC article about the petition.

Visit Brake’s website for information and advice on drink-driving.