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A song to save lives

A moving song has been recorded to promote road safety and highlight the tragic consequences of drink driving in the run up to Christmas.

‘A Thousand Tears’, penned by Brighouse musician Roger Davies, paints a vivid picture of loss after a loved one has died in a car crash. The song, which is launched today as part of a drink driving campaign across Kirklees, aims to make people stop and think of the devastating effects of losing a loved one on the roads. The video features well known roads and landmarks around the district, along with shocking facts and statistics. The song was commissioned by Kirklees Road Safety Partnership.

Kirklees District Commander for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Group Manager Chris Kirby, currently chairs the Kirklees Road Safety Partnership. He said: “Christmas is a time for reflection and when we think of those we have lost. Every year, firefighters must deal with the horrific consequences of fatal road crashes which have resulted from irresponsible driving and drink and drug driving. This song is very moving, so we hope it will make people take notice and think before getting behind the wheel.

“There are a number of ongoing projects in Kirklees aimed at improving road safety awareness and it has been a really positive response since the idea of a road safety song emerged. I’d like to thank the team who have worked on this project and pay special thanks to Jimmy Fitt who first thought of the idea.”

According to West Yorkshire Police statistics, 189 people were arrested across West Yorkshire for drink and drug driving related offices during December last year. Thirty were in Kirklees. Most people were arrested between the hours of midnight and 1am on Sunday and the most common age range for those arrested was 25-34-years-old.

The Kirklees campaign also has the backing of national road safety charity Brake, which is urging drivers not to touch a drop of alcohol before driving. Dave Nichols, spokesman for Brake, the Huddersfield-based road safety charity, said: “As a charity that supports bereaved and injured road crash victims, we witness the suffering that drink driving inflicts, and appeal to everyone in Kirklees to help put a stop to it. Drink and drug driving deaths and injuries are cruel and needless, ending and ruining lives and leaving traumatised families to pick up the pieces. If you’re driving home from celebrations this festive season, it’s vital you take your responsibility for people’s safety seriously, and stay completely off booze and drugs or plan to get home by taxi or public transport. It’s a fact that even small amounts of alcohol or drugs significantly increase your risk of causing a crash.”

Songwriter Roger Davies, who wrote the touching tribute to road crash victims, said he was honoured to be asked to produce the campaign song. He said: “I sincerely hope the people who hear the song will take it on board because there’s nothing worse than hearing about another tragic waste of life. If my music is able to make a positive contribution, no matter how small, then I will be happy.”

‘A Thousand Tears’ video is now available to watch on West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website at http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/safety-campaigns/a-song-to-save-lives. You can keep up-to-date with road safety advice by following WYFRS’s Twitter account @West_Yorks_FRS and the hashtag #1000Tears and by visiting our Facebook site at www.facebook.com/westyorkshirefire