Following the death of the 17-year-old Olivia Alkir, the ‘Olivia’s Legacy’ campaign was established by Olivia’s best friend Joe Hinchcliffe, who was a witness of the accident.
A petition was set up calling for all new drivers to be required to have a black box fitted to their vehicle for the first year after they pass their test and a limit on the number of passengers they can carry to one, in order to promote safer driving.
By the end of 2020, it had gathered the 10,000 signatures it needed to warrant a response from the Government.
On Friday, February 5 2021, Joe, Darren Millar MS and others, including Olivia’s mum Jo Alkir, met with the ABI to discuss the campaign.
The ABI was sympathetic to the calls and agreed to take the campaign and share its calls with their panel of insurers.
Update March 2022
As part of the national SchoolBeat programme, a new road safety film featuring Olivia’s story is to be shown in schools across Wales. The hard hitting film shows footage from the scene of the crash.
The film and supporting lessons have been produced which will be shown to school pupils right across Wales. The lesson has already been successfully trialled in some schools across the region and the feedback has been overwhelming.
Olivia’s parents are campaigning for a change in the law to make black boxes compulsory in the cars of newly qualified drivers