LONDON March 14: A mother has taken the brave decision to release CCTV footage of the moment that her son was killed in a car crash.
Sukhi Atwal wants to highlight the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt which caused the death of her son, Amar, when he was 12.
The schoolboy was thrown from the car in May 2015 and he died two days later at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The crash happened when taxi driver Nadeem Hussain, 35, ignored give way instructions at a junction.
He was jailed for six years in December for causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Sukhi said: ‘We will never get over the loss of Amar. He was such a bright, intelligent, fun-loving boy.
‘He was an innocent victim of the crash, and there is now a huge hole which can never be filled in our lives.
‘Wearing a seatbelt could have saved his life. At the very least, it would have given him a better chance of survival.
‘We can never get Amar back, but I just hope by encouraging both young and old to try to be as safe as possible, they won’t have to go through the heartbreak we have.’
She will join West Midlands Police at a checkpoint where she will urge drivers to make sure everyone in their car is wearing seatbelts.
West Midlands Police Special Constable Clive Broadhurst has produced a video featuring images of Amar and Sukhi that will be used during school talks.
‘I regularly go around schools to give road safety advice and urge pupils to be strapped in,’ he said. ‘It can prevent serious injuries, or even save your life.
‘It has been the law for more than 30 years to wear a seatbelt. It only takes a few seconds to buckle up, but it is surprising the amount of people who still don’t.
‘It is very brave of Sukhi to share her experience and hopefully it will hit home how wearing a seatbelt can make a difference.She doesn’t want any other family to suffer the heartbreak she has had to endure.’
Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group will be monitoring motorways and other routes across the Midlands as part of the week-long campaign. Drivers who are pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt face a £100 fine.
Inspector Sion Hathaway said: ‘We really can’t stress enough the importance of wearing a seatbelt. Not only do you risk a fine if caught not using one, but they can also prove a life-saver.’