Biker’s death sparks safety campaign

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A road safety campaign has been set up by a woman who lost her fiancé in a motorcycle crash in 2012.

Laurence Bickham, who was from Seaford, was tragically killed when his motorcycle collided with a bus in Ditchling Road. He was just 20 years old.

Now, his fiancée Jennifer Byrne, who survived the accident but was left disabled, has set up The Laurence Campaign (TLC) to try and help others from suffering the same fate.

The Laurence Law aims to promote road safety and educate new road users, provide counselling for anyone who has been affected by a motorcycle accident, get ‘all angles’ mirrors made mandatory and change layouts of certain roads and their conditions.

The campaign will run road safety workshops, particularly for people aged 15 to 21.

Jennifer has said one of the things she has found out is that most people do not check their blind spot, and if she and Laurence had, their crash wouldn’t have happened.

She said, “Through doing our workshops we found out that actually people don’t do it or feel like it’s safe not to do it – but it is in the highway code, it’s a legal requirement. If that had happened in our crash it would’ve stopped our crash, it wouldn’t have happened.

“The campaign is never going to bring Laurence back but it helps us deal with it and get through it. It makes us feel like although we couldn’t save Laurence, we can keep his memory alive and perhaps in his name, we can save someone else.”

The fatal collision happened in February 2012 while the pair were on a short trip to Brighton. While Laurence died on impact, Jennifer sustained a broken sternum and pelvis, cracked her skull, broke her legs and had to be resuscitated six times. Due to the short nature of the journey, she wasn’t wearing her protective leathers and this almost cost her her life.

She added, “I am lucky to be alive after sustaining serious injuries in the accident.

“Laurence always had big ideas to change the roads and help make them safer, so I started “The Laurence Law” in his name to promote road safety.

“Biking was in Laurence’s blood, and I am determined to keep his memory alive. I hope to spread my message and the memory of Laurence nationwide, encouraging young people to look at the topic of road safety in a new, serious light.”

For more information, visit the campaign’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheLaurenceCampaign.