Fiancee of crash victim launches safety campaign

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THE FIANCEE of a Seaford motorcyclist who was killed in an accident is launching a campaign for motorists to have blind spot mirrors on their vehicles.

Laurence Bickham, of Willow Drive, was killed when he was in collision with a bus and then a lampost on February 7 this year.

The 20-year-old’s fiancee Jennifer Byrne, who was riding pillion and suffered serious injuries in the incident, has set up The Laurence Law on Facebook and is calling on all large vehicles to have the all angle mirrors.

The 20-year-old – who was resuscitated six times following the accident, broke all her ribs and had her spleen removed – has been busy carrying out research for the project and has set up a page on Facebook.

She said, “Just after the crash I realised how little help there is for people and how the biased is against the motorcyclist – the biker did this wrong and that wrong.

“It annoyed me and I spoke to a bunch of drivers including HGV drivers and they said there are certain types of mirrors that extend but they only have a certain amount of distance.

“We carried out research and found all angle mirrors and they cover all the blind spots.”

As well as setting this up and aiming to get as many signatures as possible to petition the government about the issue the Newhaven resident is set to visit schools in September to speak to pupils about road safety.

She said Laurence was destined to be a motorcycle rider and was often the person people came to if they had a problem with their bike.

Laurence, who lost his mother to cancer when he was 15, was described by Jennifer as having an ‘amazing personality’.

She said, “He was always known for his enthusiasm for bikes, and the thing people adored most about him, was his amazing personality and his baseline happiness. He always knew how to cheer people up.”

She added everything changed when the crash happened, stating, “This wonderful, loveable, carefree, laid back, loving, caring, selfless boy with so much to give to the world, was cruelly taken from us.”

People can sign the petition in Seaford at Bishopstone Nurseries in Dane Road and Biker Bits in Sutton Road.

To find out more about the petition look up The Laurence Law in Facebook.