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Otley safety champions honoured by Brake
An MP and an Otley man who lost his son in a crash have both been named road safety ‘champions’.
Tony Davison and Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds North West) were honoured at the Brake Road Safety Awards ceremony.
Mr Davison, whose 18-year-old son Adrian died in a car accident in Bramhope in 2002, was named Road Safety Educator of the Year for the work he has done with young people to try to prevent tragedies.
Mr Mulholland won the Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Year award for the support he has given the family of 16-year-old Jamie Still, of Otley, who died after being hit by a drink-driver on New Year’s Eve, 2010. The MP has campaigned with Jamie’s mother, Karen Strong, and sister, Rebecca Still, for a change in the law that would see anyone charged with death by dangerous or careless driving having their licence suspended as a bail condition.
Mr Mulholland said: “The campaign, instigated by Rebecca, has been a remarkable one and I have been very pleased, working alongside Karen and Rebecca and Jamie’s grandfather, Peter, to bring this to the attention of the Government.
“I am honoured to have been given this award by Brake, who have also been hugely supportive of the campaign and the family. This is really for Jamie’s family, who have shown immense courage, and I look forward to continuing to work with them.”
Mr Davison said: “I am honoured to receive this award, and very glad that over the years I’ve had the opportunity to be able to reach out to young people and make a difference, working alongside Brake and local agencies.
“Nothing can ever put right the loss of my son, but helping other young people to be safe on roads is so critical, and it’s all made worth it to hear the response of the young people. I’m proud to have been able to do this in Adrian’s memory.”
Ms Strong said: “We would like to congratulate Greg on his award – one we feel is very deserving, given how hard he has worked.”
The family is running an e-petition, at thepetitionsite.com/1/ zero---tolerance- for-drink-drivers-in-the-uk, calling for the law to be toughened.