GO 20 safety campaign launch

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Jamie Butcher’s family are today (Monday) helping to launch a campaign by road safety charity Brake.

During Road Safety Week which starts today, the charity is calling for drivers to slow down to 20 miles per hour in communities and asked for widespread 20mph limits in built-up areas.

A survey carried out with children in East Anglia by Brake and partners Brain Injury Group and Specsavers revealed 74 per cent said drivers need to slow down around their home and school and 67 per cent said they would be able to walk and cycle more if roads were safer.

Jamie Butcher’s mum Tina, stepdad Steve and sister Hollie are in Norwich today for the launch of the GO 20 campaign and are hoping that by sharing their story, it will make drivers think and slow down.

Jamie was killed instantly in February 2011 after he was hit by a speeding driver on Churchill Road in Wisbech.

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. It is a pain that just can’t be cured.

“We are asking everyone to think about Jamie, and think about the families of those killed needlessly on roads, and slow right down – GO 20 – wherever people might be walking or cycling.”