LIGHT UP FOR LIAM: An Overview of the Campaign
This campaign is about providing pedestrians with a road safety approved snap band (made with EN13356) designed to make them more visible when walking in the hours of darkness.
Who is Liam and What Happened?
Liam Hibbins lived in Skelton and was at the heart of its community, working as a landscape gardener. He lived with his mother, Alison, and he was engaged to be married to Beth.
On the evening of 7 October 2017 Liam had been out socialising with friends. As he walked home along the Coast Road, Redcar, in the early hours of 8 October 2017 he was struck by a vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.
The matter remains under investigation.
The Roots of the Campaign
The area where Liam died had no street lighting. His family and friends, supported by RoadPeace North East, have launched a campaign to make pedestrians more visible when walking in the hours of darkness through the provision of a road safety approved snap band.
Speaking about the campaign Liam’s mother, Alison, said: “Liam was my absolute world and I am struggling to find the words to express how I feel. Liam was caring, fun, kind, loyal and compassionate – I was so proud of him. I really hope that “Light up for Liam” will save lives and stop any other parent going through what I have been through and continue to go through each and every day”.
Chairman of RoadPeace North East, David Robinson, said: “There are so many people who may be out walking in the hours of darkness – dog walkers, joggers, delivery persons, those walking home from socialising and shift workers to name but a few. This campaign is to provide them with an additional means of being seen, even if just for a few seconds sooner, which could make the difference between a serious collision and a near miss”.
The snap band will be distributed initially in the Redcar and Cleveland area, but it is anticipated its reach will grow to other urban areas.
The snap band does not negate other advice regarding walking in the hours of darkness, including being as visible as possible.
The campaign also seeks to promote the safety of school pupils walking home in the hours of darkness during winter months, when traffic might be heavy and when visibility can be poor through dark nights and bad weather. It is hoped schools will support the campaign and may even fundraise to purchase the snap bands for their pupils.
The campaign has launched with funding from the Police and Crime Commission for Cleveland (Barry Coppinger) and Police Mutual, as well as significant fundraising from Liam’s family and friends; such fundraising derives from what will be an annual football tournament and a sponsored walk.
Graphic design support has been provided by Wonderstuff and Thompsons Solicitors have provided its time and administrative support.