A new film, which tells the true story of the Hannon family who lost their son Matthew (aged 22) in a car crash, brought many of the 150 strong audience close to tears.
The audience comprised Lancashire’s politicians, business leaders, educationalists and RSOs who were attending a young driver conference on 11 January.
Jack Straw, secretary of state for justice pledged to talk further to Ruth Kelly, secretary of state for transport and the prime minister. He also stated that he would personally chair a cabinet committee to try to save young drivers’ lives.
He paid tribute to Blackburn couple Ann and Terry Hannon for their ‘extraordinary courage’ in allowing the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety to create the film about their tragic loss, and the lessons they have learned in hindsight.
Mr Straw said that the film should be shown to everyone across the country and invited the couple to Westminster to meet Ruth Kelly.