Did you know that in the time it takes to listen to ‘Bang Bang You’re Dead‘ yet another child will have died on the world’s roads?
3000 people die every day on the world’s roads, only HIV/AIDS kills more young men worldwide than road crashes. Every 3 minutes – the average length of a song – a young child is killed and four are permanently disabled.
Sorry for this shocking news but this is why Dirty Pretty Things have backed a campaign to Make Roads Safe coordinated by the FIA Foundation and RAC Foundation to raise public awareness about the impact of road crashes in developing countries.
‘Dirty Pretty Things’ commitment to the campaign is motivated in part by a recent tragedy in which three teenage girls were killed. Two sisters, Claire and Jennifer Stoddart, and their friend, Carla Took, died in a car crash in July while driving home from a concert in Ipswich where the band had just performed.
Calling on fans to sign the Make Roads Safe online petition at www.makeroadssafe.org Carl Barat, lead singer of Dirty Pretty Things, said: “It is unbelievable that around the world a child is killed every 3 minutes on the road, yet almost nothing is being done to prevent this. The recent deaths in Suffolk of Claire, Jennifer and Carla were so sad, such a waste of young lives, and this is happening to families every day. This is why Dirty Pretty Things are supporting the Make Roads Safe campaign.”
The band will support the campaign with a special one off gig with special guests at The Coronet, in South London, on September 13th.
Two hundred pairs of tickets to the concert will be given away free by the Make Roads Safe campaign and Dirty Pretty Things to supporters in a prize draw on the Mke Roads Safe website.
Phil Stoddart, the father of the two sisters killed in the crash, said; “I hope that the Make Roads Safe campaign will help other parents avoid the pain we have been going through as a result of the tragic loss of Claire and Jennifer”.
Do your bit and sign the petition NOW at www.makeroadssafe.org. It will take 1 minute of your life and could save many more.