Sister's warning after brother lost to drink driving
A PATCHWAY woman whose brother died in a drink-driving accident has helped launch a police campaign.
Neil Barham, 30, from Bath was killed in October 2008 when his car collided with a lorry on the A4 at around 2.30am.
His passenger, his 29-year-old cousin Marc Warman, who also lived in Bath, was critically injured and died later at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. He left three children.
Mr Barham's sister Paula Barham has issued a warning about dangers of drink-driving and talked about the devastating effect on her family.
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She was speaking as Avon and Somerset Police launched its summer Operation Tonic drink and drug driving campaign. She said: "My message to anyone who's even thinking about having a few drinks and then driving is – just don't do it. My brother took the risk and paid for it with his life and the life of his best friend."
Ms Barham said that the deaths had been avoidable and urged all drivers to think l about the consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.
She called for a change in the law to make the drink-drive alcohol limit zero. She added: "My brother and Marc had been out for a drink after work. They decided to get a taxi home, but were turned away because they had takeaway food with them.
"So he decided to take a chance and drive himself – a very bad choice.
"It has had a terrible effect on our families. My mother's health has deteriorated – I don't think she will ever get over the grief of losing two people she loved so much."