Police release hard-hitting film to cut drink-driving

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Police release hard-hitting film to cut drink-driving

The wreckage of a car driven by a woman killed in a drink-driving incident. Picture courtesy of Hampshire Constabulary.


THE first of series of hard-hitting films warning people about the devastating effects of drink-driving has been released by police today (Tuesday).

They have been produced by Hampshire Constabulary with the help of a family whose daughter was killed after she crashed while drink-driving.

It is part of the Christmas drink-drive campaign, Smashed, which police hope will help cut the numbers of drink-drivers in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight.

In the first of the four films, roads policing unit (RPU) sergeant Jay Hewes, speaks of his experiences in the aftermath of the crash that killed the 23-year-old woman last November.

Sgt Hewes said: "In my mind I was already working out what I needed to do as an RPU sergeant, but also having that feeling of dread that as officers you have as you approach a scene like this.

"We are all fathers and human beings as well as being sergeants and pollice officers.

"I was preparing myself for the worst."

The remaining films three films are due to be released this week.

Drink-drivers can be reported by text to 80999 or by dialling 999.

The first film, which contains some graphic images, can be seen below:

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk


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by T Rollingsworth

4th December 2012, at 12:31:14

It's a nice idea to have a text number that goes through to the police,I rang 999 to report a man leaving Lloyds Bar and getting into a car completely off his face only to have some person in a 999 call centre treat me like I was the suspect - he wanted more of my details than the car that was swerving down the road!

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