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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Crash Car Underlines Police Message at Cheshire Show

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A badly- damaged car will be a central feature of the Cheshire Police exhibit at the Cheshire Show.

The vehicle was being driven in Cheshire when it left the road and hit a tree, killing the driver. He died just two days before his 21st birthday.

Cheshire′s Assistant Chief Constable Ruth Purdie said, "We are inviting people to talk to Police Officers about the importance of driving carefully and responsibly and the possible consequences of even a momentary lapse of concentration or a small misjudgement.

"In particular we hope that young people and their parents will talk to us. We don′t want to scare anyone away from driving but we believe the sight of the car and learning what happened to that young man will underline the message in a way that nothing else could."

Constable Dave Murray, Cheshire Police Road Safety Officer said, "Road death is the biggest killer of people aged between 16 and 25 in Britain. Young drivers who have passed the test within the previous two years are far more likely to be involved in a collision than other people.

"It is largely down to inexperience and sometimes to not taking safe driving quite as seriously as necessary.

Ruth Purdie added, "Because Cheshire is a largely rural county a lot of people drive considerable distances as part of their every-day lives. That means getting it right is very important. Good driving is largely about attitude and behaviour and we can do something about that.

"The parents of the young man who died in this car have very bravely provided it for use to get the right messages across. We believe it will be very effective. It will play a part in saving some other young lives."

Other features of the Cheshire Police exhibit at the show will centre on the work of Watch organisations- Home Watch, Pub Watch, Rural Watch and various business watch groups.

Jenny Ford, Cheshire Police Community Engagement Manager, said, "This year has special significance for watch organisations. It is the thirtieth anniversary of the setting up of Britain′s first Home Watch group − in Mollington, near Chester."

Cheshire Police representatives at the show will also link up with Cheshire West and Chester Council to promote Heritage Watch, the new movement to protect the county′s historic buildings and other heritage sites which are under threat from criminals trying to steal lead, copper and other metals.

Staff and members from Cheshire Police Authority will be at the show to ask people for their views on policing. They will also provide information about Police and Crime Commissioners.

The Cheshire Show takes place at the Tabley showground on June 19th and 20th

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