Mary Macleod, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, has been named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month by the charity Brake and Direct Line for her work campaigning to improve safety on the A316 after a student from Chiswick School was seriously injured.
The student received head injuries when he was hit by a vehicle wing mirror while waiting at a bus stop on 11 October this year. He spent days in a medically induced coma due to his injuries, before being allowed home. The incident sparked a local campaign for improvements to the road, lead by James Whiting, deputy head at Chiswick School. Mary Macleod MP got behind the campaign, writing to Transport for London expressing her concerns about the threat of fast traffic to people on foot, and demanding a review of safety.
TfL reviewed safety on the A316, and agreed the bus stop where Christopher was injured was badly placed, putting waiting pedestrians in danger, and noted traffic was travelling too fast. They agreed to move the bus stop so pedestrians would not have to wait too close to traffic. Police enforcement will also be carried out to help tackle speeding.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: "Mary has worked quickly and effectively to help protect pedestrians, cyclists, and the many local residents who rely on public transport on the A316. We're therefore very pleased to present this award to Mary, and wish Christopher a speedy and full recovery.
"It's so important we work to make our roads safer for people on foot and bicycle, to prevent needless tragedies and to enable more people to choose these healthy and environmentally friendly ways to get around. Often local campaigns led by schools, MPs and concerned residents can make a big difference to road safety, by achieving measures like better paths, pavements, crossings, lower speed limits and greater enforcement. We would urge anyone who wants to make a difference to get advice on campaigning on Brake's website. "
Mary Macleod, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, said: "I am delighted to accept this award and hope injuries like Christopher's will be avoided following the repositioning of the bus stop on the A316. I applaud the work Brake does in campaigning to prevent road deaths and injuries; such work is vital to our safety, day in day out."
Information on campaigning for safer roads locally and Brake's national campaigns can be found at www.brake.org.uk/campaign.
Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 66 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education programmes, events such as Road Safety Week (18-24 November 2013), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake's support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
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