Bereaved family praised in Parliament for road safety work - The Rugby Observer

Bereaved family praised in Parliament for road safety work

THE TIRELESS work of a bereaved Rugby family to recognise the work of police road traffic investigators over 25 years has been praised in Parliament.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey highlighted in Westminster the work of George and Giulietta Galli-Atkinson, who founded the Livia Award in memory of their daughter.

Mr Pawsey secured a debate – entitled Road Traffic Deaths: Police Investigations – in the House of Commons, during which he spoke about the Galli-Atkinsons, whose daughter Livia was tragically killed in 1998 while walking to her ballet class when a driver mounted the pavement and careered into her, having also injured another pedestrian.

When the case came to trial, the judge decided a custodial sentence was not necessary and instead issued a £2,000 fine, 10 points on his licence and a five-year ban from driving.

The family appealed against the decision, and eventually pursued a civil case against the driver after the criminal appeal route was exhausted without success.

During the debate, Mr Pawsey spoke about his first meeting with the Galli-Atkinsons shortly after being elected in 2010, and how moved he was by their determination to honour Livia’s memory with an award to recognise the work of the police officers who investigated her case.

This award has gone from humble beginnings as a personal expression of thanks to one which now represents a milestone in the Metropolitan Police Service’s history and calendar.

As Rugby’s MP, Mr Pawsey was invited to form part of the judging panel for the awards and has worked closely with the Galli-Atkinsons – both on the Livia award and alongside their wider work on road safety.

Speaking after the debate, Mr Pawsey said: “I’ve been incredibly inspired by George and Giulietta and it is an honour to be able to have highlighted 25 years of the Livia Award in Parliament. They are committed to improving road safety, fair sentencing, and proper recognition of outstanding police officers in this area.

“Indeed, before the Livia award there was little to no recognition of the work of traffic police officers. Rugby is fortunate to have two such people in our community, and it has been my honour to have been a part of their work on the Livia award.

“Their contribution is vital to the pursuit of justice for those affected by road traffic incidents. The work that George and Giulietta have done to maintain the high profile of the Livia award throughout its 25 years has done much to highlight this valuable policing role.”


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