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A poignant song has been recorded in Huddersfield to promote the tragic consequences of drink driving this 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 has been launched as part of a Christmas drink drive campaign across Kirklees, features well known roads and landmarks around the district.

But it also includes shocking facts and statistics and was commissioned by Kirklees Road Safety Partnership.

Kirklees District Fire Commander Chris Kirby, 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.”

According to West Yorkshire Police statistics, 189 people were arrested across West Yorkshire for drink and drug driving related offices during December last year including 30 from Kirklees (2013). The majority of people were arrested between the hours of midnight and 1am on Sunday and the most common age range forthose arrested was 25 to 34.

 

The Kirklees campaign also has the backing of Huddersfield-based national road safety charity Brake, which is urging drivers not to touch a drop of alcohol before driving. Dave Nichols, a spokesman for Brake, 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”.

Songwriter 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.”