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The road safety partnership working hard to stop ALL fatal and serious collisions in Devon and Cornwall by 2040

The cyclist hit by a drunk, uninsured, disqualified driver

We know cyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users here in Devon and Cornwall – and nothing highlights this more than the story of Jean-Pierre De Villiers.

While cycling in Devon, Jean Pierre suffered very serious injuries when he was hit by a drunk, uninsured and disqualified driver.

Speaking to Vision Zero, Jean Pierre gave this poignant message: “Road users need to have mutual respect and mutual understanding that everyone is just trying to get from A to B.”

Today, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said a new, updated Highway Code would give greater priority to both cyclists and pedestrians. You can find out more about the plans here: