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Road Safety Match Brings It Home For Donoghue's Star Player


News: Road Safety Match Brings It Home For Donoghue's Star Player

Monday, 22nd April 2004
(PR 1187)

Burnley football supporter Mrs Martha Donoghue is in a league of her own after winning tickets to watch this Saturday's match at Turf Moor.

In a competition run by Lancashire County Council's Road Safety Group - in association with the National THINK! road safety campaign - Martha, from Burnley, won three tickets to watch this weekend's match against Wimbledon.

As part of the competition run in the local press, readers were asked the question: 'How many road crashes per year are caused by fatigue?' The answer is a staggering 23,200, highlighting the prevalence of driver fatigue and emphasising the important message, 'Don't Drive Tired.'

Mrs Donoghue will be taking her daughters, Sophie and Jessica to watch the match and while both girls are keen Burnley fans, Sophie's love for the club amounts to more than just watching from the sidelines - the talented footballer is also a proud member of the Burnley under-eleven's team!

Mrs Donoghue said:

"I'm looking forward to it, but I've really won the tickets for my two daughters. Sophie is football mad; she loves the game and never misses a match. I often think she should have been a boy!"

Senior Road Safety Adviser, Christine Gibson, said of the campaign:

"Falling asleep at the wheel is reckoned to account for up to 20 per cent of accidents on long journeys on trunk roads and motorways. Through working with local football clubs, we hope to communicate the dangerous consequences of driver fatigue to a more diverse audience."

See www.lancashireroadsafety.co.uk for more information on the work of the Road Safety Group.

For further information please contact: Stephen Axon on 01772 533194





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