Parents of drink driving victim, 21, urge motorists to take care

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A WRECKED car in which a young man died will be on display across Halton to warn of the perils of drink driving.

The victim, who lived locally, was killed two days before his 21st birthday.

He was driving alone along a country road when he lost control of the vehicle.

Her had only drunk a small amount and was travelling well below the speed limit.

He had a blood alcohol reading of 121mg (80mg is the legal limit), with small traces of cannabis and cocaine.

The car was travelling at only 43mph in a 60mph speed limit.

His devastated parents have donated the car to help prevent another family suffering the same trauma.

Peter Shields, road safety officer for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "All too often we attend road traffic collisions that have life-changing impacts on families.

“We want people to re-think their drinking behaviour, particularly over the festive period and keep themselves, their families and others safe.

"The real message is, if you are driving don’t drink.”

Cheshire Road Safety Group is teaming up with Halton Council to promote the hard-hitting message.

Clr John Stockton, board member for transportation, said: "Drink-driving ruins lives and it also hurts communities.

“We welcome this campaign as anything that persuades people not to take the risks of drinking and driving has to be good for all of us."

Campaigners will be outside the Co-op on Runcorn old town on Tuesday, December 11, from 10am to 4pm, Widnes Market on Wednesday, December 12, from 9am to 2pm, and Runcorn Asda, on Thursday, December 13, from 9am to 4pm.

For more information on the dangers of drink driving, visit cheshirefire.gov.uk/ or follow @CheshireFire on Twitter or check out the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page.

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