Mike Nolan, original member of 80s pop group Bucks Fizz, and 19-year-old Hannah Creed helped Gloucestershire’s road safety group launch a campaign to mark 25 years of compulsory seatbelt wearing.
The campaign was launched on 31 January to coincide with the anniversary and drive home the importance of belting up before every single journey.
Mike knows the devastating impact of not wearing a seatbelt after being thrown through the windscreen of his tour bus in 1984. The Eurovision winner lost 50% of his vision, suffers from epileptic fits and has not been able to drive since.
Hannah was involved in a car crash in 2004 when her head went through the passenger side window. She suffered massive facial injuries and has undergone extensive surgery to treat the lacerations. Although she was wearing a seatbelt, Hannah is in no doubt that had she not been wearing it she could have died.
Officers from Gloucestershire’s road policing unit have been targeting drivers and passengers not wearing a seat belt, and giving them the option to have the FPN cancelled if they take a ride on a seat belt sled called ‘the Convincer'.
For further information contact Garry Handley, road safety team leader, on 01452 425557.