Mother of killed Sunderland schoolboy backs safety campaign

Violet Atkinson of Sunderland, who lost her son Steven in 2009, is supporting Brake's efforts.
Violet Atkinson of Sunderland, who lost her son Steven in 2009, is supporting Brake's efforts.
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THE mum of a boy knocked down and killed in a busy road is backing a campaign urging drivers to put safety first.

Violet Atkinson’s son Steven, 12, died in 2009 after he was struck by a car as he crossed Chester Road in Sunderland with his bike.

Ross Telfer, then 21, of Crichton Avenue, Chester-le-Street, was travelling at 50mph in the 30mph zone when he hit Steven, of Fordham Road.

Telfer was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting causing death by careless driving.

Violet has backed road safety charity Brake’s work since the tragedy and is supporting its latest appeal for motorists to look out for each other as it highlights selfish driving across the region.

She said: “No words can describe the grief our family has gone through since his death.

“There’s a piece of us missing, and there’s no way to escape that. My son is gone. I will never see him again, and it will never get easier. I don’t want another mother to experience the pain of seeing her child die.

“People need to wake up to the consequences of driving irresponsibly.

“For this year’s Road Safety Week, I’m asking everyone to look out for each other on the road, and in particular for drivers to slow down to 20mph in communities.”

Her call comes as Road Safety Week starts today.

In Wearside and East Durham, figures show that 76 people were killed and a further 726 were seriously injured in road accidents last year. Forty-seven drivers drove without due care and attention, 4,858 broke 30mph limits and 5,133 were found to be speeding.