Song highlights safety message

Roger Davies
Roger Davies

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 has been launched 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.

Roger 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.”

Chris Kirby, chairman of Kirklees Road Safety Partnership, 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.

Dave Nichols, spokesman for national road safety charity Brake, said: “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.”

To watch the video, visit www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/safety-campaigns/a-song-to-save-lives.