Devon widow calls for safer tourist excursions

The widow of a Devon man killed on a jeep excursion in Turkey is calling for better health and safety standards on tourist trips.

Perry Roe, from Ottery St Mary, was killed in August 2006 when the open-top jeep he was in overturned.

His wife and two children were injured and the driver was convicted of causing death and injury by negligence.

But Siriol Roe said the local tour operator should also be held accountable.

Mrs Roe said: "We were having a lovely lovely time [on the trip] until the driver changed.

"He drove very erratically, very fast, within a short time he'd overturned."

'No justice'

Mrs Roe and her son spent 10 days in hospital after the accident.

She said she "could not underestimate" the effect of losing her husband, whom she met when she was 17.

"You just feel there's no justice," she told BBC News.

"The driver has been punished but the local tour company is still operating.

"I think these companies will continue to operate until we make a stand and say you need to improve your standards if you're going to sell trips to tourists.

"I can't bring my husband back but I will fight for that."

Sean Tipton from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said: "If you book any travel arrangements locally then if something goes wrong you have to take it up legally with the company in whichever country you're in.

"You're reliant on health and safety standards in the country concerned and how well they're implemented."

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