Wrecked car to highlight drink driving

Daniel Birch's car to be shown during the campaign.
Daniel Birch's car to be shown during the campaign.
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The wreck of a car belonging to a man killed on Mother’s Day will be shown in public to highlight the devastating consequences of drinking and driving.

23-year-old Daniel Birch was killed two years ago after crashing his car into a gatepost at 4am on the way home from a night out, when he was almost three times the legal limit.

The wreckage of the Coppull man’s car will this weekend be shown at supermarkets in Chorley, Leyland and Bamber Bridge, to launch a campaign asking for families to help get the drink drive message across.

Daniel’s parents Helen and Stuart are working with Wasted Lives, a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries among young drivers.

Daniel’s mum, Helen, said: “As parents we tend to stop asking so many questions once our children are past their ‘troubled teens’.

“Daniel was beyond the age at which we thought he’d make such a bad mistake as to drink and drive after a night out.

“Our experience shows that it’s always worth checking with your son or daughter that they have made alternative arrangements to get home or have somewhere to stay if they’re out drinking.

“Many young people naturally think they can take the risk and get away with it once, but that’s only because they haven’t really thought through the potential consequences not just for them but everyone they know and love.

“We hope showing Daniel’s car as part of the Almost Home campaign will encourage families to talk about drinking and driving and help more young people to make the right decision not to drink and drive.”

Sgt John Jennings-Wharton of Lancashire Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit said: “Any amount of alcohol can impair your ability to drive.

“When you get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol, you’re not only putting your own life at risk, but the lives of those around you as well.”

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