Wrexham dad's booze limit plea

Reporter:

Claire Gallagher

A FORMER Wrexham college lecturer whose daughter was killed by a drink-driver has backed calls for a lower limit.

Wrexham born Sarah Lee, 24, died in a head-on collision in Colchester, Essex, with Matthew Anderson’s Audi back in December 2009.

A coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing and said Mr Anderson, who died in the crash, was between two and a half to three times the drink-drive limit.

Now Sarah’s father David, who used to lecture in economics at Yale College, has welcomed the idea to lower the limit from the current 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg.

He said: “I think it’s entirely appropriate to lower the limit and it’s long overdue.

“Drink-driving will probably only be reduced if there is a wider belief that it is unacceptable.

“I believe we all need to take more responsibility for ensuring that our friends or relatives are not tempted to drive when they have been drinking alcohol.

“If a reduction in the legal limit makes more people realise there is no safe limit for drinking and driving, that is a step in the right direction, and I welcome the change in the law.

“If we really want the legislation to work we must exercise a degree of collective responsibility for ensuring that people do not break the law.”

When the family lived in Ffrith, near Wrexham, Sarah’s mum Barbara worked as a speech therapist and David lectured at Yale.

They moved back to East Anglia, where they were from originally, when Sarah was three.

Sarah was working as an art teacher at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, Suffolk and was due to marry her partner Richard Day.

Speaking about what happened, dad David added: “It was absolutely appalling.

“She was driving home from work at 12.30 on a Saturday afternoon in December.

“She and Richard had been setting up an exhibition at the school.

“They were travelling on a minor road at around 30mph and Sarah was driving.

“They were hit head-on by Matthew Anderson, a 24-year-old local man who had been drinking heavily.”

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