Family of Wisbech crash victim Jamie Butcher back campaign for 20mph limits
THE family of crash victim Jamie Butcher took their campaign to Norwich today as they joined road safety charity Brake to call for drivers to slow down.
Jamie, 22, was mown down and killed on a pedestrian crossing in Churchill Road, Wisbech, in February last year.
Driver Michael Moore, of Murrow Lane, Parson Drove, was doing almost twice the speed limit and had run a red light. He hit Jamie with such force that his body was found 44m from the crossing. Moore was jailed for just 43 months in April.
Jamie’s mother Tina Butcher and stepfather Steve Green have today backed Brake’s “GO 20” campaign, which has been launched at the start of Road Safety Week.
They are appealing for drivers to slow down to 20mph in communities and calling for widespread 20mph limits in built-up areas.
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Steve said: “The days following the tragic news that Jamie was dead were just a blur of tears and shock. We couldn’t believe it and none of us ate for days.
“Family and friends tried to comfort us but it was and still is a pain that just can’t be cured. We keep asking ourselves, ‘Why Jamie?’
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“He did nothing wrong but he is no longer here because of the reckless actions of a driver who has shown no remorse.
“We are asking everyone to think about Jamie and think about the families of those killed needlessly on roads. Slow right down – GO 20 – wherever people might be walking or cycling.”
The GO 20 campaign follows a Brake survey of 476 children in East Anglia. Almost three quarters of them said drivers need to slow down around their home and school, while more than 40 per cent said they had been hit or nearly hit while walking or cycling.
Ellie Pearson, from Brake, said: “Everyone in East Anglia should be able to walk and cycle in their community without fear or threat: it’s a basic right, and GO 20 is about defending that.”
Jamie’s family also handed out flyers detailing their own fight for justice today. The Justice for Jamie campaign calls for tougher sentences in death by dangerous driving cases and the petition has attracted more than 2,600 signatures.
• TO SIGN THE PETITION VISIT WWW.STOPDANGEROUSDRIVERS.COM