Cheshire Police warns Halton motorists not to drink and drive during the World Cup

Runcorn and Widnes World: Pc David Murray and Pc Tony Hayhurst with the ‘think’ car Pc David Murray and Pc Tony Hayhurst with the ‘think’ car

CHESHIRE Police has launched a series of events to warn drivers about the dangers of drink driving as part of this year’s World Cup kicks off.

They will feature the ‘Think′ car, a vehicle involved in a road traffic collision.

The driver of the car, Matthew Wilson was a 21-year-old man who died on impact after losing control and hitting a tree on a rural A-road in Cheshire.

He was one and a half times over the legal alcohol limit at the time of the collision.

His family is keen to get the message across about drink driving to other young people and have donated the c ar for the campaign.

Road traffic officer, Tony Hayhurst said: "Seeing the wreckage of a car is the biggest wake up call for many drivers. It opens their eyes to the reality of what can happen and more importantly, how a small amount of impairment, speed or short distraction could end in tragedy."

Matthew’s sister, Hannah said: "The amount of alcohol that people drink can have a major effect on the circumstances of the evening.

“Drinking after consuming any amount of alcohol has the potential to impact on the competency of the driver."

For more information and road safety advice, visitcheshire.police.uk.

The ‘think’ car will be at the Select Security Stadium in Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes on Friday, July 4 from 5.30pm to 8pm.

The events are being run by the Cheshire Road Safety Group which includes Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Police and The Highways Agency and Halton, Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Borough Councils who all work together as a partnership for safer roads in Cheshire.

 

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