Fixers Feature: Abi Phillips - Are young people dying to drive?

Fixers Feature: Abi Phillips - Are young people dying to drive?

We recently featured an article about Fixers, a unique UK based campaigning platform that gives young people the opportunity to tackle issues they feel passionate about. The forum, entitled 'Road Savvy' was a unique dialogue between passionate youth road safety advocates and decision makers. The young people involved in the event showed relentless energy and determination for road safety for a multitude of personal reasons and we were so impressed by their passion that we have teamed up with Fixers to spotlight each road safety campaigner. We continue our feature with the story of Abi Phillips.

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Road accidents are the number one killer of young people in the UK.  It's a fact that Fixer Abi Phillips knows all too well, as her sister was killed weeks before her 18th birthday after accepting a ride from an unlicensed teenaged driver.

Now Abi has joined Fixers to encourage greater road safety among young people. Watch her story, which was featured on ITV News Meridian (W) on Thursday 4th July in the right column.

Abi, from Liphook, Hampshire, was nine years old when her sister, Kelly, died in the road accident.  Kelly had accepted a ride with an unlicensed driver who lost control of the car and hit a tree at 80mph, killing them both instantly.

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Abi talks about losing her sister in her story (centre picture) and discusses road safety with her friends.

Now 18 herself, Abi has found it hard to accept the reality that she is older than her sister was at the time of her death.

'Turning 18 should be the most exciting birthday because you turn into an adult,’ she says.‘For me it was very difficult because of my sister’s death.  My older sister was my role model, and then she was just gone because of a silly mistake.’

Rather than dwell on what could have been, Abi has joined Fixers to encourage greater driving skills among young people through a short film, and hopes the driving test can be overhauled to teach better road safety. ‘I feel that doing this road safety campaign is the only way I can really get anything positive out of her death, because I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else,’ she says.

In the film, Abi speaks with other young drivers about road safety, and Emma Gardner from Drive IQ who believes there may be an evolutionary reason for a lack of skills among young drivers.

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Read more about the 'Road Savvy' Forum here.

YOURS will be featuring more stories from road safety 'Fixers' and sharing their inspiring stories in the coming weeks so be sure to come and check them out. To find out more about Fixers in the UK, click here.




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