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Olivia’s law call aims to cut young driving deaths

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Olivia Alkir had plans to study architectural engineering at university

Family and friends of a sixth form student killed in a crash caused by two racing drivers are calling for a change in the law for new motorists.

Olivia Alkir, 17, of Efenechtyd, Denbighshire, was a passenger in a car that crashed while the driver was racing another car in June last year.

Drivers Edward Bell, who passed his driving test a day earlier, and Thomas Quick were jailed for five years.

Denbighshire councillors are being urged to back a petition to Parliament.

It calls for new young drivers to have a black box recorder fitted to their vehicles for the first year, to monitor their journeys.

The petition also wants newly-qualified motorists to be limited to one passenger, who must be a qualified driver.

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Olivia’s Ysgol Brynhyfryd school friend Joe Hinchcliffe launched the petition that has been supported by Olivia’s parents Mesut and Jo.

It has attracted 8,500 signatures so far and needs to reach 10,000 for the UK government to respond to the request. If it reached 100,000 by February, it would lead to a debate in Parliament.

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Thomas Quick, 18, was jailed alongside Edward Bell for causing death by dangerous driving

The motion asking for support has been put forward by Ruthin councillor Huw Hilditch Roberts, who is the relative of another teenager injured in the fatal crash.

“These changes should significantly decrease the amount of young road crash fatalities by encouraging safer driving,” Mr Hilditch Roberts’ motion says.

It is due to discussed at a full meeting of Denbighshire council on Tuesday.

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Dedicate a Tribute for American Cancer Society’s Tributes at Twilight: A Visual Driving Experience

As part of the Browns’ Crucial Catch initiative, join us for this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Tributes at Twilight, a visual driving experience in partnership with the American Cancer Society.

Cancer doesn’t stop, so neither do we. Although we are living in a COVID world, it’s still important that we continue the fight against cancer every day. The impact of the pandemic will reduce the ability to fund cancer research by 50% in 2020 – the Society’s lowest investment this century if current trends continue. That is why on Saturday, October 17th from 6:30 – 8:00p.m. at FirstEnergy stadium, the Browns and the American Cancer Society will be hosting a drive-thru Tribute Garden where we will be showcasing Luminaria bags while staying socially distant and safe in cars. The experience will begin at the University Hospital Gate and feature a large, light-up pink chair.

The Tribute Garden will showcase pink and gold bags in support, in honor, or in memory of people’s loved ones who have been affected by cancer. All bags will be displayed and lit during the drive-thru experience. If you would like to dedicate a tribute, you can purchase one here for a donation of $10 or $25.  

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement raises awareness and funds to end breast cancer and ensures that no one faces this disease alone.

In honor of the event, FirstEnergy Stadium, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Terminal Tower will all be lit pink. We invite you to get in your car and drive down to the stadium on October 17 to experience this can’t miss drive-thru event!

If you attend, share your experience with us by using #give10 and tagging @BrownsGiveBack on social media!

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