Dirty Pretty Things Back Road Safety Campaign

Dirty Pretty Things will support the Make Roads Safe campaign with a concert in London in September.

Chay Woodman

Date published: 7th Aug 2006

Bang Bang…another child is dead - Dirty Pretty Things back campaign to Make Roads Safe.                 

The band will play a special gig at The Coronet, in South London, on September 13th in support of Make Roads Safe, an international campaign calling for the G8 to take action on road traffic injuries, which kill more than 1.2 million people around the world, the majority in developing countries. Two hundred pairs of tickets to the concert will be given away free by the Make Roads Safe campaign and Dirty Pretty Things to supporters in a prize draw.

Dirty Pretty Things’ commitment to the campaign is motivated in part by a recent tragedy in which three teenage girls were killed. Two sisters, Claire and Jennifer Stoddart, and their friend, Carla Took, died in a car crash in July while driving home from a concert in Ipswich at which Dirty Pretty Things had performed.

Phil Stoddart, the father of the two sisters killed in the crash, said;

"I hope that the Make Roads Safe campaign will help other parents avoid the pain we have been going through as a result of the tragic loss of Claire and Jennifer".

Calling on fans to sign the Make Roads Safe online petition at www.makeroadssafe.org Carl Barat, lead singer of Dirty Pretty Things, said:

"It is unbelievable that around the world a child is killed every 3 minutes on the road, yet almost nothing is being done to prevent this. The recent deaths in Suffolk of Claire, Jennifer and Carla were so sad, such a waste of young lives, and this is happening to families every day. This is why Dirty Pretty Things are supporting the Make Roads Safe campaign."

In high income countries road crashes remain a significant cause of death, and the biggest single killer of 16-24 year olds in the UK, Europe and the US. In the UK young drivers are most likely to crash at night, with friends in the car, for example when returning home from a gig or club.

The main aim of the Make Roads Safe campaign, coordinated by the FIA Foundation and RAC Foundation, is to raise public awareness about the impact of road crashes in developing countries:

3000 people die every day on the world’s roads – road crashes kill on the scale of Malaria and TB

A million people are killed on the roads in poorer countries every year – this is set to double by 2020

Only HIV/AIDS kills more young men worldwide than road crashes.

Every 3 minutes – the average length of a song – a young child is killed on the world’s roads, and four are permanently disabled.

Saul Billingsley, Campaign Coordinator, said:

"In the time it takes to listen to ‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’ yet another child will have died on the world’s roads. Unless the G8 and the international community act now to make road safety a development priority, we will see millions more children and teenagers with their whole lives ahead of them being killed on the roads of developing countries in the years ahead."

The Make Roads Safe campaign:

The Make Roads Safe campaign has been established to call for G8 action to tackle road deaths in low and middle income countries. The campaign, supported by an international coalition of organisations, is calling for a €300 million Action Plan for global road safety; a minimum 10% road safety element in all road programmes funded with development money; and a UN summit to address the global road safety crisis. The campaign is coordinated by the FIA Foundation and in the UK by the RAC Foundation;

The campaign also aims to raise awareness amongst young people around the world of the global, developmental problems of road safety. This will also help to raise awareness about and acceptance of domestic road safety amongst a key high risk age group in terms of road crashes in industrialized countries: young people in their late teens and early 20s;

Claire Stoddart, 18, Jennifer Stoddart, 15, and Carla Took, 18, all from Lowestoft, Suffolk, were killed on 1 July 2006 when their Vauxhall Astra was involved in a car crash. They had been returning home from a concert in Ipswich at which Dirty Pretty Things had performed. Two teenage passengers in their car were injured. In the other car, a Renault Laguna, Simon Bonner, 40, from Yoxford, Suffolk, was killed and another passenger, Kim Abbott, from Yoxford has subsequently died from her injuries. Police have arrested a 21-year man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The campaign is running an online petition at www.makeroadssafe.org

Make Roads Safe and Dirty Pretty Things are running a free prize draw for 200 pairs of tickets to the September gig. See www.makeroadssafe.org or www.dirtyprettythingsband.com for more information on how to enter the draw.

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