A top traffic police officer in East Lancashire has won two awards for his road safety campaign following the death of his father in a motorcycle collision. Mike Mangan, 72, tragically lost his life when his motorcycle crashed into a car while he was overtaking. However, Inspector Dave Mangan, head of road policing for East Lancashire, says that he thinks tiredness was a contributory factor in his father’s untimely death. As a result, he began campaigning to raise awareness of the importance of motorcycle safety and how tiredness can affect decisions on the road. He created a short film which offers advice to riders and was awarded a national honour from the Event and Visual Communication Association.
Inspector Mangan also won the silver prize at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards for International Films. Inspector Mangan was with his father at the time of the accident and says that the response to the film from bikers and members of the public has been amazing. He also says that he hopes the awards will raise further awareness of his short film and hopefully warn bikers of the dangers of riding while tired. His father’s death was recorded as accidental and happened on the last ten miles of his journey home. Lancashire County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport has offered his congratulations for Inspector Mangan’s achievements and thanks him for approaching the partnership about the film.
Making poor decisions on the road
When you set out on your journey, it is important that you can stay fully aware of the road and your surroundings. Driving while tired can be the cause of a fatal accident as seen in Mr Mangan’s case, and can cause collisions or serious injuries to other road users. If you have been involved in an accident where the other road user was at fault, you may be entitled to a compensation payout if you have sustained injuries.
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