Sobering thought for revellers

By Abby Rugg

Friday, December 28, 2012

 

Sobering thought for revellers

The car on display in Newport.

A GRAPHIC consequence of a drink-driving accident is being shown across the IW as part of a police campaign.

The car of a 23-year-old girl who died while drunk behind the wheel will be displayed outside pubs and clubs in Newport, Ryde and Cowes as part of Hampshire Constabulary's Smashed campaign.

The campaign — which was launched on December 1 and will run until New Year's Day — will see police target individuals they suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morning after.

Sobering messages will be sent to New Year's Eve revellers about the danger's of drink-driving and the car will be shown outside pubs and bars tomorrow (Saturday) in Ryde and Cowes on Monday.

The father of the girl is allowing police to use his daughter's car in hope the shocking sight of the mangled wreck will stop New Year drinkers from making the decision to drive while over the limit.

Police sergeant Dave Sanderson said the car showed a visual representation of the truth of a drink-driving accident and wanted it to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while drunk.

He added: "The community needs to stand up and not tolerate drink-driving. The family of the girl agreed to show this car as they wanted good to come of their loss."

Roads policing unit chief inspector, Andy Bottomley, said: "If you are working on the Bank Holiday or are heading home after a night out, be sure you’re sober before heading home. If you’re not sure, be safe and make alternative travel arrangements.

"Our aim is to keep everyone safe on the roads, not to spoil their fun. We want your New Year to be an event to remember, not one we’d all rather forget."

Hampshire Constabulary is asking the public to text 80999 or call 999 to report anyone they suspect of drink-driving or taking drugs behind the wheel.

Reporter: abbyr@iwcpmail.co.uk

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