Road safety campaign launched in Derbyshire to help save lives of young students

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A new campaign has been launched to educate students about motorbike moped and scooter safety.

The initiative in Derbyshire has been launched Louise Bradley, whose 17-year-old nephew, Callum, was left fighting for life after coming off his bike in November.

His family launched the ‘Heads up for Callum’s Campaign’ at Chesterfield College, where Callum was a student.

On the day of the launch there were safety information stalls and displays of the clothing Callum was wearing at the time of his accident.

Photographs of his injuries were also shown.

Callum said: “I never thought anything like that would happen to me. I am feeling a lot better now in myself although I do still get back pain.

“I want to raise awareness of safe riding and make sure people are wearing the right gear when they are out on their bikes.”

His aunt, Louise, added said: “The response to the campaign has been amazing.

“We’re trying to target 16 to 20-year-olds to ensure they wear protective clothing when they are driving around on mopeds and motorbikes as it could be the difference between life and death.

“Luckily Callum had the right clothing on when he had his accident including boots, jacket and helmet, but the situation could have been much, much worse.

Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin, of Derbyshire Police, said: “Many students travel to and from college on motorbikes and mopeds and this campaign, including displays of Callum’s clothing and his injuries, highlights the catastrophic dangers of not wearing the correct protective gear.

“I hope the event will help young people to think more about how their decisions can have a long-lasting effect on the rest of their lives.”