A dedicated road safety campaigner has received an MBE from Prince William today (Wednesday 12 January).
RoadPeace trustee and North West group coordinator Pauline Fielding was presented with the honour for her services to road safety during a Windsor Castle investiture.
The award was announced in the New Years Honours list in December 2020 and the ceremony at Windsor Castle was delayed until 2022 due to the pandemic.
Pauline started campaigning for justice after her son Andrew, 18, was killed in a collision when travelling to a football match with friends in 1994.
Andrew swerved to avoid a car which cut across his path on the A540 Chester High Road in Neston at the junction with Raby Park Road.
The driver of the car did not stop and was never found.
Since Andrew’s death, Pauline has been campaigning for changes at the junction and has successfully managed to get the speed limit on the road reduced from 60mph to 40mph.
In 2019, Pauline and other concerned local residents formed the Action54Zero group, campaigning for safety improvements along the A540.
Cheshire West and Cheshire Council announced in March 2021 that it was committed to improving safety at the junctions with Raby Park Road and Quarry Road through the council’s £3 million capital programme with a plan to complete the scheme by 2023.
Pauline has also helped numerous bereaved families across Merseyside after setting up RoadPeace North West with Margaret Highton, whose granddaughter was run over and killed.
The group works alongside the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, bringing together the police, emergency services and local council to reduce death and injury on the road.
As well as the monthly meetings, which have been continuing online during the pandemic, Pauline organises two remembrance services every year in Liverpool.
The first service is held in Liverpool Cathedral on 31 August, the anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
The second is held in St George’s Hall, on the third Sunday of November, to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
Over the past three years Pauline and RoadPeace North West have also been working with the LFC Foundation to promote road safety among young footballers.
Pauline, who attended the Windsor Castle ceremony with her husband David, said: “I dedicate this award to my eldest son, Andrew, who was killed in a crash caused by a person who did not stop at the scene and who was never traced.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful family, friends, RoadPeace and the many organisations I have worked with, as well as the community, who have helped and supported me since Andrew died. My sincere thanks to you all.”
Nick Simmons, RoadPeace CEO added:
“Everyone at RoadPeace is delighted that Pauline has received her thoroughly well deserved MBE. Alongside campaigning for safer roads, she has done so much for crash victims and their families. The RoadPeace North West group has provided a source of comfort for so many people in the region. RoadPeace would not be the organisation it is without her, and her work as a trustee and group coordinator is immensely valued. Congratulations Pauline.”
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RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims, providing practical information, emotional support and advocacy to those affected by road crashes, as well as campaigning for justice for road crash victims and for road danger reduction policies. Helpline 0845 4500355, Office 020 7733 1603. www.roadpeace.org
Crash not Accident: RoadPeace is calling for an end to a language of neglect and denial and for policy makers and the media to stop using the word ‘accident’ when referring to road crashes, and to adopt an appropriate, constructive and accurate terminology such as crash or collision:
Updated on: 12 January 2022