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David Holmes died in a head-on collision while riding his motorbike in the summer of 2013. At the time of the accident, he was wearing a camera on his helmet which meant that his last journey was caught on film.
On 4th September 2014, his mother, Brenda Holmes, gave permission for the footage of her son’s final moments to be released in order to raise awareness of road dangers. Since the day the film was released, it has been watched by more than 12 million people online.
Although a risky decision, the film was released via Norfolk Police who have said that such shocking footage is necessary to get people talking about road safety and will allow the Holmes family to “take something positive out of this tragic event”.
The other road user involved in the collision was the driver of a Renault and was prosecuted earlier this year, after admitting that he hadn’t seen the motorcyclist or the car behind him as he turned into their path.
Chief inspector of Norfolk Police, Chris Spinks, has said:
“The video is shocking; however this is the reality of fatal collisions. The emotions people may experience after seeing this video can only touch the surface of those feelings that families and friends go through when losing a loved one in this way.
The consequences of fatal collisions are devastating for all involved and as such our message though education has to reflect this. I firmly believe this footage is powerful enough to make riders and drivers think about their behaviour on the road; and most important of all, change it for the better.”
Since the release of the video he has gone on to say:
“I’m really astonished by the response and I’m confident that with this number of people having seen the video, someone’s behaviour has been influenced for the better.
“David’s family have always been of the belief that if this video could save just one life it would have been worth releasing into the public domain. I believe that due to the high levels of interest, we have gone some way to achieving this.
“The video is creating debate and whatever your opinion the good thing is that people are talking about road safety which will ultimately get them thinking about their behaviour on the roads.”
If you would like to watch this powerful video then it can be viewed on the Norfolk Police site, however, be aware that you may find its content distressing.