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Hannah remembered

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

HANNAH Loker should be voting for the first time today.

She should also be blowing out candles, partying with friends, or dancing at a nightclub.

Instead, the popular Alstonville girl's 18th birthday will be a quiet day of mourning for her family and friends rather than the celebration they had planned when she was alive.

Hannah was killed in July, when the car she was a passenger in crashed into a parked utility in Alstonville.

Her mother, Narelle Loker, said she had been looking forward to today for more than a year. "She'd say, 'I'm 18 in nine months mum, I'm 18 in eight months mum' ? I was ready to push her out the door," said Narelle.

Her sister, Kryssy, said Hannah had a strong sense of justice and would have been excited to be voting on her birthday for the first time.

The high number of young people killed on local roads has become one of the most important issues in the lead-up to today's election.

An NRMA forum was held in Sydney just last week to discuss State Government plans to limit the rights of P-plate drivers.

A similar event was also held in Lismore two months ago where ideas such as curfews, reducing passenger numbers, limiting engine capacity and defensive driving courses were raised.

Narelle said she thought the most simple way to stop the deaths was for young people to look out for each other when driving.

"I grilled my girls about the responsibility you have on the roads to yourself, other drivers and pedestrians," she said.

"I just think young people themselves need to take care of each other ? don't let your friends get in a car if it's not safe and always drive carefully."



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