Sheffield campaigner hits the road in safety fight

Sophie with road safety ambassador Gary Linker, who attended the event''A Sheffield Fixer has played a key role in helping to tackle the shocking fact that road accidents are the number one killer of young people in the UK. Sophie Lejeune, 21, travelled to Westminster to take part in an influential debate on the issue with the Minister for Road Safety.
Sophie with road safety ambassador Gary Linker, who attended the event''A Sheffield Fixer has played a key role in helping to tackle the shocking fact that road accidents are the number one killer of young people in the UK. Sophie Lejeune, 21, travelled to Westminster to take part in an influential debate on the issue with the Minister for Road Safety.
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A young campaigner took her fight for safer roads for the city all the way to Westminster.

Housing worker and member of lobbying group Sheffield Fixers Sophie Lejeune was one of a select group invited to London for a debate held by the Minister for Road Safety.

The 21-year-old has been calling for better education to prevent accidents on South Yorkshire’s roads after being involved in a motorway crash.

Parliament opened its doors to young people from across the UK for the event, designed to shape the Government’s Green Paper on reducing the number of young people killed on the nation’s roads.

She spoke out in front of the cameras at the event, attended by Match of the Day anchorman and road safety ambassador Gary Lineker, for a special broadcast to be aired on ITV News tonight.

Sophie, who works for Sanctuary Housing in Shiregreen, said: “I feel passionate about road safety for young people because I was in a motorway crash; we hit about five cars.

“Luckily no-one was injured. I was left feeling completely helpless as I had no idea what to do in the aftermath of the crash.

“My message to the government would be road safety education should be a priority - to receive well rounded and informative advice.

Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond MP said: “There were one or two new things and new ideas raised by the young people for me to go away and think about.

“I was really impressed.”