May 20, 2009
widow backs launch of motorbike safety campaign
Burnham-On-Sea widow who lost her husband in a motorbike accident
is backing a new police campaign to reduce serious motorcycle
collisions on Somerset's roads.
Bartlett, 36, knows first hand how important it is to reduce the
number of motorcycle collisions on our roads each year.
husband, Daryll, 39, was killed in a motorcycle collision in October
2004 less than half a mile from their home.
was riding to work and took a corner too quickly. At the same
time a van was pulling out of a drive and didn't see Daryll coming.
He was killed on impact.
said: "The day Daryll died he left the house and shouted
'See ya later babe.' This was the last thing he ever said to me."
been a real struggle to come to terms with his death. Our son
Jordan has had to grow up without a dad and I have lost my best
friend. I struggle socialising, as I feel guilty for having a
good time and my health has suffered. I don't sleep and have only
recently stopped taking antidepressants."
say that Daryll loved motorbikes was an understatement. We met
when I was 18 and even then he was always tinkering with a bike
and when he wasn't he was reading a motorcycle magazine or watching
it on TV."
was a good rider, confident and aware of the hazards, but motorcyclists
are vulnerable on the roads and it goes to show that it could
happen to anyone."
would definitely encourage anyone who rides to take the further
training courses available and to be cautious when out on the
roads. And if you are a car driver, please take the time to look
for bikes, as they just aren't as visible as other vehicles. It
could save someone's life and stop another family from going through
what we have had to over the last five years."
son Jordan, 14, (pictured here with Heather) added: "My last
memory of Dad was when he came into my room to wish me good luck
for the football tournament I was playing in that day. He kissed
me goodbye and told me that he loved me."
rest of the day and following weeks are quite a blur, so I try
and remember the good times. I was always a 'Daddy's boy' and
we had a lad's night every Wednesday with popcorn and a DVD. He
would let me stay up late and not tell mum!"
really miss my Dad and although I am interested in motorbikes
like he was, I don't want this to have to happen to anyone else,
so I hope that our story will encourage car drivers and motorcyclists
to take more care."
and Jordan's lives will never be the same again, but they are
now beginning to put their lives back together.
said: "Jordan and I have become a lot closer in recent years,
and I do have a great support network of friends and family who
take me shopping or out for a drink."
Jordan has an eye on a girl at school, is really enjoying his
new Jiu-jitsu hobby and has aspirations to become a games designer."
motorcyclists make up a just fraction of Somerset's road users,
they are involved in approximately a quarter of all fatal and
serious traffic collisions something that local police
officers are keen to address.
Chief Inspector Mike Parr said: "This week's operation was
a great success. We were really well received by the motorists
we spoke to who all agreed that raising awareness of motorcycling
and it's hazards is incredibly important."
days of action are just part of our ongoing commitment to reducing
motorcycle collisions. We are continuously patrolling the 'hot
spot' areas to educate motorists and when necessary enforce the
the summer, Operation Take Care will also involve a number of
initiatives including further training courses and a new education