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David Warin awarded MBE for work in memory of his son, Daniel
David Warin, who has been given an MBE for his work with Drive Alive and to the community in Pickering, pictured with wife Janet
A FATHER whose 17-year-old son died in a road accident has been awarded an MBE for his work with young drivers.
After Daniel’s death in 1995, David Warin, who lives in Pickering, began working with York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership’s 95 Alive, which aims to encourage young motorists to drive more responsibly and safely.
Mr Warin said he was both “surprised and delighted” to have received the accolade in the New Year’s Honours List.
David and his wife, Janet, have worked with 25,000 students in the 12 years since the Drive Alive campaign began.
The couple visit schools across the county telling the story of Daniel’s death and the devastating effect it had on the family. His car crashed while he was returning home from a night out with his girlfriend at a York cinema in 1995.
A retired teacher, Mr Warin has been given the honour for services to Drive Alive and to the community in Pickering. “We have had a tremendous response from a great many young people throughout North Yorkshire, and hopefully we have influenced their driving skills,” he said.
Two years ago, Mr and Mrs Warin launched a new phase of the 95 Alive campaign at Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering, where Daniel had been a student.
He said the aim was not to deter young people from driving, but to help them to be safe on the road and for their families not to have to suffer the trauma his family had.
The couple made a DVD for the campaign, which tells the reality of what a fatal or serious injury accident can be and its effect on the families of victims.
Also awarded the MBE is Rosalind Louise Rowley, of Scarborough, for services to the community, and Jack Stephenson, also of Scarborough, for services to the community and charity, while Chris Wilby, recently retired executive firector of the Scarborough YMCA receives the BEM.
The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne, receives the KCVO of the Royal Victorian Order.