Devastation of drink-driving crash re-lived

Daily Echo: The wreckage of the car involved in the drink-driving crash The wreckage of the car involved in the drink-driving crash

A PARAMEDIC who attended a devastating drink-drive crash that killed a young Hampshire woman has spoken of the horrific scene she was confronted by.

Kate McDougall has warned others against the dangers of getting behind the wheel after boozing because of the impact it can have on lives.

Speaking as part of Hampshire police's Christmas Don't Get Smashed anti drink-drive campaign, she said she instantly feared the smash had caused serious injuries when she arrived on the scene of the horror smash last November.

A 23-year-old woman motorist, who was four times over the drink-drive limit, was killed when she hit a van.

The paramedic, who attended the woman and the injured van driver, said in a video released by police: “When you have these instances of drink driving it just causes devastation. It's so sad and can be avoided.

“It isn't something that should happen but unfortunately happens quite frequently.

“Part of my job is unfortunately having to declare that people are deceased and it's awful having to do it at a car accident, especially when alcohol is involved because is such a waste of life.”

The campaign is running until New Year's Day and will see officers out in force on the roads. The public is also being urged to text a dedicated number, 80999, if they suspect someone is drink-driving.

Officers arrested 17 people on suspicion of drink-driving in the first two days of the campaign that was launched at the start of December.

As previously reported, the father of the young woman killed in the drink-driving crash has given permission for his daughter's car to be shown around Hampshire to show the carnage caused by such incident.

The first police officer on the scene has also spoken about what he was greeted by as he arrived at the 'horrific' scene of the fatal accident.

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10:56am Wed 5 Dec 12

Rachiebabe says...

How sad for the family .and sad for Kate to being so young herself and having to deal with the death of someone of a similar age.
How sad for the family .and sad for Kate to being so young herself and having to deal with the death of someone of a similar age. Rachiebabe

11:29am Wed 5 Dec 12

eurogordi says...

Although the death of anyone is a tragedy to the family, friends and emergency services, I personally find this latest campaign from Hampshire Constabulary offensive.

Those who drink and drive are often immune to such campaigns and until the UK introduces zero tolerance legislation there will always be those who take their changes (and not always young people either!).

Of course, zero tolerance will not entirely eradicate drink driving but it will certainly lead to significant reductions.

And let's also monitor private clubs like we do pubs. Just because you are a member, doesn't mean you can spend an evening drinking alcohol before driving home!!!
Although the death of anyone is a tragedy to the family, friends and emergency services, I personally find this latest campaign from Hampshire Constabulary offensive. Those who drink and drive are often immune to such campaigns and until the UK introduces zero tolerance legislation there will always be those who take their changes (and not always young people either!). Of course, zero tolerance will not entirely eradicate drink driving but it will certainly lead to significant reductions. And let's also monitor private clubs like we do pubs. Just because you are a member, doesn't mean you can spend an evening drinking alcohol before driving home!!! eurogordi

12:08pm Wed 5 Dec 12

elvisimo says...

eurogordi wrote:
Although the death of anyone is a tragedy to the family, friends and emergency services, I personally find this latest campaign from Hampshire Constabulary offensive. Those who drink and drive are often immune to such campaigns and until the UK introduces zero tolerance legislation there will always be those who take their changes (and not always young people either!). Of course, zero tolerance will not entirely eradicate drink driving but it will certainly lead to significant reductions. And let's also monitor private clubs like we do pubs. Just because you are a member, doesn't mean you can spend an evening drinking alcohol before driving home!!!
It will make no difference to these people yo claim are "immune". They will still comtinue to drink drive whether the limit is 80mg , 50 mg or zero.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Although the death of anyone is a tragedy to the family, friends and emergency services, I personally find this latest campaign from Hampshire Constabulary offensive. Those who drink and drive are often immune to such campaigns and until the UK introduces zero tolerance legislation there will always be those who take their changes (and not always young people either!). Of course, zero tolerance will not entirely eradicate drink driving but it will certainly lead to significant reductions. And let's also monitor private clubs like we do pubs. Just because you are a member, doesn't mean you can spend an evening drinking alcohol before driving home!!![/p][/quote]It will make no difference to these people yo claim are "immune". They will still comtinue to drink drive whether the limit is 80mg , 50 mg or zero. elvisimo

12:22pm Wed 5 Dec 12

eurogordi says...

elvisimo wrote:
eurogordi wrote: Although the death of anyone is a tragedy to the family, friends and emergency services, I personally find this latest campaign from Hampshire Constabulary offensive. Those who drink and drive are often immune to such campaigns and until the UK introduces zero tolerance legislation there will always be those who take their changes (and not always young people either!). Of course, zero tolerance will not entirely eradicate drink driving but it will certainly lead to significant reductions. And let's also monitor private clubs like we do pubs. Just because you are a member, doesn't mean you can spend an evening drinking alcohol before driving home!!!
It will make no difference to these people yo claim are "immune". They will still comtinue to drink drive whether the limit is 80mg , 50 mg or zero.
Actually, I think it will. Those who are currently immune are drinking and driving in the belief that they are 1) not over the limit or 2) it won't happen to them.

If zero tolerance is introduced, accompanied by spot checks for a period of time outside pubs, clubs etc., the majority of people would soon adapt to a change in legislation.

The real hard core who tend to be the arrogant and immune (rather than just being immune) could then be targetted with much stricter penalties which restrict or prevent them from driving.
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Although the death of anyone is a tragedy to the family, friends and emergency services, I personally find this latest campaign from Hampshire Constabulary offensive. Those who drink and drive are often immune to such campaigns and until the UK introduces zero tolerance legislation there will always be those who take their changes (and not always young people either!). Of course, zero tolerance will not entirely eradicate drink driving but it will certainly lead to significant reductions. And let's also monitor private clubs like we do pubs. Just because you are a member, doesn't mean you can spend an evening drinking alcohol before driving home!!![/p][/quote]It will make no difference to these people yo claim are "immune". They will still comtinue to drink drive whether the limit is 80mg , 50 mg or zero.[/p][/quote]Actually, I think it will. Those who are currently immune are drinking and driving in the belief that they are 1) not over the limit or 2) it won't happen to them. If zero tolerance is introduced, accompanied by spot checks for a period of time outside pubs, clubs etc., the majority of people would soon adapt to a change in legislation. The real hard core who tend to be the arrogant and immune (rather than just being immune) could then be targetted with much stricter penalties which restrict or prevent them from driving. eurogordi

1:50pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Monty3 says...

Being 4 times over the limit I'm surprised she could even walk to her car, let along drive off in it!

More people need to get a backbone and take keys away from people they are out with, who have been drinking so they don't even get the opportunity to get behind the wheel!

Everyone has a responsibility to ensure the safety of others as well. Take action BEFORE something happens!

If you can't afford to get a taxi home or get home safely, then you shouldn't be out spending your money on drink anyway!!
Being 4 times over the limit I'm surprised she could even walk to her car, let along drive off in it! More people need to get a backbone and take keys away from people they are out with, who have been drinking so they don't even get the opportunity to get behind the wheel! Everyone has a responsibility to ensure the safety of others as well. Take action BEFORE something happens! If you can't afford to get a taxi home or get home safely, then you shouldn't be out spending your money on drink anyway!! Monty3

10:30pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Norwegian Saint says...

Over here one drink is too much but if you get caught its probably jail with, I think, a minimum two year ban. You are also fined HALF a years wages!
Over here one drink is too much but if you get caught its probably jail with, I think, a minimum two year ban. You are also fined HALF a years wages! Norwegian Saint

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