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Man who lost leg after drinking and riding volunteers to appear on poster

Milford Waldron features in a poster designed to combat drink driving (Image by Ras Mykkal)

A man who lost a leg after a crash has featured on a hard-hitting poster designed to highlight the dangers of drink driving.

Now Milford Waldron and the poster’s creator, Ras Mykkal, want to get the poster out to as wide an audience as possible.

Mr Waldron said yesterday: “I would like to get it printed off and put up in bars, the hospital, the Transport Control Department – places where lots of people gather.

“This is my situation for the rest of my life. I want to get this message out there – drink driving is not being taken seriously at all in Bermuda.

“Bermuda is the only country that really takes a ’don’t care’ attitude – it is reckless. It is crazy.”

The poster shows Mr Waldron, well known in Bermuda’s football and cricket worlds, in a wheelchair with a cast on his arm and a bandaged leg stump.

The poster said: “If you think it can’t happen to you. Trust me. It only happens once. Please don’t drink and drive”.

The poster by Mr Mykkal, a photographer and friend of Mr Waldron’s, has already been featured on his online Bermuda Sports Journal.

Mr Waldron said his life had changed completely after he lost control of his motorbike and smashed head-on into a car in the summer.

His right leg was crushed and he also broke his right arm in two places.

He admitted he had had several beers and a couple of shots before he got on his bike.

The crash happened at the junction of South Road and Harvey Road in Paget.

The woman car driver suffered minor injuries.

Mr Waldron, a former assistant football coach at Western Stars Sports Club – Dandy Town – and ex-manager of the club's cricket team, told his story in The Royal Gazette in June, a month after his crash.

He said he wanted to use his plight to help get the “don’t drink and drive” message across.

Mr Mykkal said his friend’s courage inspired to help him spread the message.

He added: “He went public to say he lost his leg after drink driving and I decided to interview him and talk to him about this idea.

“The crash has completely changed his life for ever. Just getting out of bed to go to the bathroom is not easy for him any more.

“He used to play football and cricket, he can’t do those things any more.

“I think it is really good opportunity for someone who is popular to help get the message out there.”

Mr Mykkal said: “The message is about road safety. I would like to know whether the government, the Bermuda Road Safety Council, Cada or anyone else would be willing to take this to the next level.”

Anyone who can help to get the posters printed and distributed should contact Mr Mykkal at the Bermuda Sports Journal e-mail at bdasjmailbox@gmail.com or by WhatsApp message to 517-4908.

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Published October 29, 2020 at 8:04 am (Updated October 29, 2020 at 8:04 am)

Man who lost leg after drinking and riding volunteers to appear on poster

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