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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A Hornchurch teenager whose lead role in a road safety film inspired her to join a national accident prevention campaign will debate the issue on TV tonight.
Lola Fashanu, 18, will take part in The Fixers Road Savvy Forum: Young People Speak Out, broadcast on ITV News London tonight, which aims to tackle shock stats that show road incidents are the leading cuase of death among young people.
“I feel passionate about improving road safety in young people because of my experience and the stories that I’ve heard,” said Lola.
“The Government needs to start to working with young people to start improving road safety, It needs to educate people more and really make them aware of how easy it is to be in road accidents.
The special broadcast was organised by Fixers - the charity that supports 16-25-year-olds to tackle the issues that fire them up.
Lola was one of a number of “fixers” who took part in the Question Time-style debate, hosted by news anchor Nina Hossain.
She said: “I feel like young people should be educated to be able to take more care in what they are doing on the road and in the car.”
Fixers is working with a number of young people whose lives have been permanently affected by tragedy on the roads, or who feel strongly about the issue.
Lola was inspired to become a fixer after helping Hackney Council research and conceive of a new road safety campaign, in which she also starred.
Lola says: “My knowledge about road safety through my work with campaigns and workshops has made me understand that nobody is invincible and a three second distraction can have a great impact on the rest of one’s life.”
The show was held as the Government prepares to launch its “Making Roads Safer” green paper in a bid to reduce the number of young people dying on the roads.
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