A jailed drunk driver and the mother of one of his victims are to be the focus of a new campaign launched by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. The new website will be launched after working with the driver for more than 18 months and will focus on the incident which resulted in two young men tragically losing their lives. Michael York killed his two friends when he smashed his car into a tree while driving drunk after a party and was imprisoned for five years after the incident. The incident occurred in October 2011 when Michael was 21 and took to the road while under the influence of a 12 hour drink and drugs bender. The car crashed killing and injuring his friends Matthew Brown, William Turner and Samuel Turner. Remarkably, Matthew Brown’s mother Mandy Brown forgave Michael while attending court for his hearing and is working with him to inspire the new safety campaign named Fatal Four: Cause and Effect.
The campaign was unveiled at the National Emergency Services Show at Birmingham’s NEC. A range of information will be available including interviews with Michael and Mandy as well as many videos showing the consequences of driving recklessly. Several free factsheets will be made available in an attempt to reduce the number of fatalities involving young drivers. Paul Speight heard about Michael’s case while giving a road safety talk at Glen Parva Young Offenders institute and heard that Michael was keen to prevent other young drivers from making the same mistakes. They joined forces with Mandy Brown to make a series of appearances at various events.
Driving under the influence
Drunk drivers like Michael have to live with the consequences of their actions for the rest of their lives which is why road safety campaigns like this play a pivotal role in preventing fatalities and serious accidents on the roads. Although many people are extremely vigilant and do not drive while under the influence, there are many who do still take that risk. If you have been a victim in a car accident and have been injured, you may have a case for compensation.
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