'Productive' talks between Harry Dunn's parents and transport secretary about making road by US bases safer

"This will be one of Harry's lasting legacies."
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Harry Dunn's parents' campaign to make the roads outside United States military bases safer was boosted by a 'productive' discussion with the transport secretary.

The Northamptonshire family and their lawyer spoke to Grant Shapps and roads minister Charlotte Vere about the issue yesterday (Tuesday, March 24).

Family spokesman Radd Seiger tweeted: "Harry Dunn's parents spoke powerfully at the meeting about the carnage on the roads outside bases over the years and the need to bring this to an end.

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"This will be one of Harry's lasting legacies. We should all be grateful to his family."

Harry's parents want to improve road safety outside US bases after their son was killed in a crash near RAF Croughton last year, involving an American woman who was driving on the wrong side of the road.

They believe the issue has been ongoing for years across the country with numerous examples of similar tragedies sent to them since the campaign began in September.

Mr Seiger said they will look at improvements to infrastructure first with experts to ensure drivers stay on the left-hand-side of the road.

Harry Dunn's family. (L-R) Bruce Charles, Charlotte Charles, Ciaran Charles, Radd Seiger, Tracey Dunn and Tim DunnHarry Dunn's family. (L-R) Bruce Charles, Charlotte Charles, Ciaran Charles, Radd Seiger, Tracey Dunn and Tim Dunn
Harry Dunn's family. (L-R) Bruce Charles, Charlotte Charles, Ciaran Charles, Radd Seiger, Tracey Dunn and Tim Dunn

"We will go on to address driver licensing, training and products, both in car and out of car to ensure that wrong way driving is minimised," he tweeted.

"We will need the US Government to engage with us on these issues. No sign of them yet but it is inevitable they will come to the table."

The family's ministerial talks went better than the previous meeting with health secretary Matt Hancock in London last week, which left them in tears.