Join with me in my campaign to make our roads safer.
The global road network is the modern wonder of the world.
But the number of people killed or injured in the roads is staggering. And the sadness its that so many of the tragedies are avoidable.
Some accidents just happen. No one is to blame.
Many more accidents are as a result of human error and human behaviour. The number of fatal accidents caused by speeding, reckless or careless driving is massive and sadly unnecessary.
Word wide over 1.2 million people are killed in road traffic accidents.
What proportion of these accidents are caused by either reckless or careless driving?
How many lives would be saved if just ten percent of these accidents were prevented?
In the UK that would be 200 lives saved, in the USA that would be 3000 lives saved each year at just 10 percent.
During my teens and early twenties I lost three of my friends due to different road accidents. This sadly reflects the statistic that in the UK road traffic accidents are the biggest killer of 15 to 25 year olds.
Just a few years ago two beautiful young sisters aged 16 and 18 from my village were killed. Another young lad killed one year later.
We moved to a town called Doncaster and lived overlooking a small round about on a housing estate. We witnessed three non fatal accidents in one year.
We then moved to a rural village in North Yorkshire. The through road had a 30mph limit. It had narrow pavements and no crossing points. There was no other route to the school or the infants pre school.
Vehicles, including heavy lorries, would not slow down through the village. Walking the five hundred metres to the school was literally terrifyingly perilous. It was one of the reasons we eventually moved home. I have no doubt that there will be a tragedy there. And this pains me.
Every bunch of flowers at the side of the road represents the pain and loss of a family. When we are young we all think it could never happen to us.
Since becoming a parent, like all caring parents, my concerns about road safety have grown. I doubt there’s a parent who has the occasional pang of worry that something awful could happen. My heart bleeds for anyone who has needlessly lost a loved one on the roads.
It was while living on north east Yorkshire when I had an inspirational idea that will dramatically reduce the number of fatal road accidents. And not just at a local level. And not just on a national level. But my idea will make roads safer worldwide.
It’s a product that will change peoples’ driving behaviour.
Cars these days are made to be much safer.
When I look back at how flimsy my early cars were and how different cars are now I am staggered. I feel lucky to still be alive!
Modern safety measures are a great improvement and have no doubt saved many lives. It is believed that the safety belt has saved millions of lives. But I believe that feeling safer in a vehicle brings about a new set of problems.
Feeling cocooned in a cosy vehicle has changed some of our driving behaviours. Drivers are becoming more reckless. Drivers are consequently taking bigger risks. Because drivers are isolated in the comfortable privacy of their vehicles they become less considerate. Even resulting with road rage.
Some drivers are inconsiderate by nature. They simply drive with a blatant disregard for either the law or other people.
And this has nothing to do with the age of the driver.
I have been overtaken by a car at high speed on that rural village road, by a middle aged man, who narrowly avoided a group of children crossing the road ahead.
I may have moved to a safer place for my child, my concerns remain. I can’t protect our only child forever.
But I can make the roads safer.
This is why I have embarked on the biggest project in my life. Everything I do is leading up to the implementation this project.
I am even prepared to sacrifice my flying career for it. Any pilot will know how big that statement is.
My idea is simple, and will change driving habits for the better worldwide.
It will be the most significant project since the invention of the safety belt.
I am taking some of the systematic safety principals applied to aviation and applying them to road safety in a unique way.
This project is expensive to get of the ground but then it should become self sufficient almost immediately after launch. It is not a charity and will be run as a business in order to attract enough investment for growth.
In order to help raise the money I have created a service to writers, like myself, who need to increase their public profile and are using Twitter to do so. It works to every ones benefit. I have called this little enterprise Tweeps Bizness and I am pleased with the web site so far.
Please take a look at it Here. Even if you are not in need of the services offered by the web site you would be doing me a great service if you were to spread the word in every way possible!
If you are able and would like to help me with this project by means of making a donation (small or very large!) towards it I will be eternally grateful and will put your details on a wall of contributors once the project is fully up and running. Because of the nature of the project I am obliged not to disclose details of the web site yet. However, anyone who donates or people who register on this blog site will receive regular updates of my progress and will be the first to know about the launch.
If you are an engineer, web developer or app developer interested in contributing towards the project I will be pleased to hear from you. Please leave me a comment and I will get back to you asap.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this appeal. I will reply in person to all comments.