Police hammer home the drink drive message

Daily Echo: Police hammer home the drink drive message Police hammer home the drink drive message

THIS is the wreckage of the family car police hope will hammer home the devastating consequences of drink-driving.

The mangled Subaru Justy is at the heart of the Hampshire Police campaign to slash the number of motorists who drive over the limit this Christmas.

It was the car belonging to the Staley family who were driving home after an evening out when a driver high on drink and drugs smashed into them.

Ten-year-old Evey Staley was killed in the crash just yards from her family home. It was witnessed by her 14-year-old sister Ellie, watching from her bedroom window.

Evey and her parents Penny and Neal were driving to the shops to buy her favourite sprinkles for cupcakes when the tragedy happened on the Isle of Wight.

Driver Robert Blakely was sentenced to ten years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

He was two times over the drink drive limit and had taken cannabis.

Now Hampshire police is putting the wreckage on display across the county as part of its Is It Worth the Risk? anti-drink and drug driving campaign.

The display will be poignantly on show in family’s home town of Newport today before making its way around the Island. It visits Southampton on December 12.

Evey’s story is the focus of this year’s campaign and leaflets will be handed out to members of the public.

Officers from the force’s Road Policing Unit are also wearing purple ribbons this month to remember those killed in accidents involving drink and drug drivers.

Sgt David Sanderson, from the Isle of Wight Roads Policing Unit, has called on the public to support the campaign and ensure incidents that destroy the lives of those involved can be avoided.

He said: “The public must make this socially unacceptable and stand up together as a community.

“These are not shock tactics, this is presenting the truth of what happens.

“It’s about raising people’s awareness about making such short-term decisions that can have a long-term consequence by having such a devastating affect on a family and turning their entire world around.”

Steve Apter, chief fire officer of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We fully support Hampshire Constabulary’s drink and drug driving campaign this year.

“I cannot begin to imagine both the physical and emotional suffering the Staley family went through following the collision and they deserve the upmost respect and credit for supporting the campaign by allowing their actual vehicle involved that night to be displayed.”

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11:26am Thu 5 Dec 13

camerajuan says...

Actually makes me sick that the person who caused this only got 10 years. If he behaves he could be out in 5. Disgusting.
Actually makes me sick that the person who caused this only got 10 years. If he behaves he could be out in 5. Disgusting. camerajuan

11:31am Thu 5 Dec 13

J.P.M... says...

camerajuan wrote:
Actually makes me sick that the person who caused this only got 10 years. If he behaves he could be out in 5. Disgusting.
have to agree. This guy was drunk and on drugs. Life sentence.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Actually makes me sick that the person who caused this only got 10 years. If he behaves he could be out in 5. Disgusting.[/p][/quote]have to agree. This guy was drunk and on drugs. Life sentence. J.P.M...

12:19pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

If you drive drunk the penalty must be high none of this fine and points malarky has ZERO effect on these numptys who think its ok.
If you drive drunk the penalty must be high none of this fine and points malarky has ZERO effect on these numptys who think its ok. Mary80

1:15pm Thu 5 Dec 13

sparkster says...

ten years for taking a life, the law is an ****, he won't serve ten years I don't expect, unless and until the law gets tougher for drink driving this will continue
ten years for taking a life, the law is an ****, he won't serve ten years I don't expect, unless and until the law gets tougher for drink driving this will continue sparkster

3:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

Built in breathalyser in cars so that if you blow more than a certain amount, the car won't start.
Built in breathalyser in cars so that if you blow more than a certain amount, the car won't start. Ginger_cyclist

5:39pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Huey says...

Hopefully one day we will all have intelligent cars that drive themselves and these tragedies will be a thing of the past.
Hopefully one day we will all have intelligent cars that drive themselves and these tragedies will be a thing of the past. Huey

5:44pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

Hit them where it hurts take away their car for a year, garnish their wages since points fines do NOT deter drink drivers like they used to. Name and shame them in their town as well put up flyers warning places not to serve them ANY alcohol.
Hit them where it hurts take away their car for a year, garnish their wages since points fines do NOT deter drink drivers like they used to. Name and shame them in their town as well put up flyers warning places not to serve them ANY alcohol. Mary80

7:33pm Thu 5 Dec 13

dolomiteman says...

Mary80 wrote:
Hit them where it hurts take away their car for a year, garnish their wages since points fines do NOT deter drink drivers like they used to. Name and shame them in their town as well put up flyers warning places not to serve them ANY alcohol.
Take away the car of someone banned or in prison.... what is to stop them buying another car and who pays for the years car storage?
Garish their wages, they get a fine or imprisonment. if wages were 'garnished' the person would just not work and claim benefits
Name and shame them......that's already done!
Put up warning not to serve them alcohol.... who would pay for that and what law is there to implement it?

Don't get me wrong, I am as anti DD as most others but your ideas are unworkable.


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[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Hit them where it hurts take away their car for a year, garnish their wages since points fines do NOT deter drink drivers like they used to. Name and shame them in their town as well put up flyers warning places not to serve them ANY alcohol.[/p][/quote]Take away the car of someone banned or in prison.... what is to stop them buying another car and who pays for the years car storage? Garish their wages, they get a fine or imprisonment. if wages were 'garnished' the person would just not work and claim benefits Name and shame them......that's already done! Put up warning not to serve them alcohol.... who would pay for that and what law is there to implement it? Don't get me wrong, I am as anti DD as most others but your ideas are unworkable. . dolomiteman

8:14pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Positively4thStreet says...

Mary80 wrote:
If you drive drunk the penalty must be high none of this fine and points malarky has ZERO effect on these numptys who think its ok.
Same goes for those caught using hand held mobile phones when in charge of a motor vehicle.(Or even when not concentrating on their driving when using a hands free.)
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: If you drive drunk the penalty must be high none of this fine and points malarky has ZERO effect on these numptys who think its ok.[/p][/quote]Same goes for those caught using hand held mobile phones when in charge of a motor vehicle.(Or even when not concentrating on their driving when using a hands free.) Positively4thStreet

8:59pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Stephen J says...

No doubt most people who drink and drive think they're fine. They're not going to crash, cause injuries or get caught. That happens to other people. They probably wouldn't even class themselves as drink drivers and would probably support the toughest penalties for 'proper' drink drivers. I think a campaign that targets 'ordinary' people who get behind the wheel after a 'few' drinks is what's needed, something that brings home the consequences of getting caught. There's nothing like the red light on the breathalyser to focus your mind on how your nice comfortable life is about to totally unravel.
No doubt most people who drink and drive think they're fine. They're not going to crash, cause injuries or get caught. That happens to other people. They probably wouldn't even class themselves as drink drivers and would probably support the toughest penalties for 'proper' drink drivers. I think a campaign that targets 'ordinary' people who get behind the wheel after a 'few' drinks is what's needed, something that brings home the consequences of getting caught. There's nothing like the red light on the breathalyser to focus your mind on how your nice comfortable life is about to totally unravel. Stephen J

9:10pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Stephen J says...

"...upmost respect..." By a 'senior' reporter.
"...upmost respect..." By a 'senior' reporter. Stephen J

9:28pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Reality-man says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Built in breathalyser in cars so that if you blow more than a certain amount, the car won't start.
So you get someone who is sober to blow into it, hey presto - Car starts!
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Built in breathalyser in cars so that if you blow more than a certain amount, the car won't start.[/p][/quote]So you get someone who is sober to blow into it, hey presto - Car starts! Reality-man

9:55pm Thu 5 Dec 13

dolomiteman says...

Reality-man wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
Built in breathalyser in cars so that if you blow more than a certain amount, the car won't start.
So you get someone who is sober to blow into it, hey presto - Car starts!
Thing this through properly, how much will this cost to retro fit it to every car in Euroland, how would it work on older cars that don't have ECU's, it would be a matter or days before there are you tube vids on how to bypass it and how would it be enforced if the car 'thinks' you are okay to drive but 30 minutes later you BA level has increased which it can do could the police still take action?
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: Built in breathalyser in cars so that if you blow more than a certain amount, the car won't start.[/p][/quote]So you get someone who is sober to blow into it, hey presto - Car starts![/p][/quote]Thing this through properly, how much will this cost to retro fit it to every car in Euroland, how would it work on older cars that don't have ECU's, it would be a matter or days before there are you tube vids on how to bypass it and how would it be enforced if the car 'thinks' you are okay to drive but 30 minutes later you BA level has increased which it can do could the police still take action? dolomiteman

11:44pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Positively4thStreet says...

Stephen J wrote:
No doubt most people who drink and drive think they're fine. They're not going to crash, cause injuries or get caught. That happens to other people. They probably wouldn't even class themselves as drink drivers and would probably support the toughest penalties for 'proper' drink drivers. I think a campaign that targets 'ordinary' people who get behind the wheel after a 'few' drinks is what's needed, something that brings home the consequences of getting caught. There's nothing like the red light on the breathalyser to focus your mind on how your nice comfortable life is about to totally unravel.
This is the message that should be hammered home to all drivers.Drink driving,speeding,and mobile phone use are all socially unacceptable,and selfish,because they all kill and maim.
[quote][p][bold]Stephen J[/bold] wrote: No doubt most people who drink and drive think they're fine. They're not going to crash, cause injuries or get caught. That happens to other people. They probably wouldn't even class themselves as drink drivers and would probably support the toughest penalties for 'proper' drink drivers. I think a campaign that targets 'ordinary' people who get behind the wheel after a 'few' drinks is what's needed, something that brings home the consequences of getting caught. There's nothing like the red light on the breathalyser to focus your mind on how your nice comfortable life is about to totally unravel.[/p][/quote]This is the message that should be hammered home to all drivers.Drink driving,speeding,and mobile phone use are all socially unacceptable,and selfish,because they all kill and maim. Positively4thStreet

8:06am Sat 7 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

It was dangerous driving. Even being twice the limit doesn't make you become a looney behind the wheel of the car, though the cannabis could potentiate the alcohol's effect. No, the imprisoned person will have had a personality problem as well, maybe immaturity and low intellect. Perhaps his chums would like to comment?
It was dangerous driving. Even being twice the limit doesn't make you become a looney behind the wheel of the car, though the cannabis could potentiate the alcohol's effect. No, the imprisoned person will have had a personality problem as well, maybe immaturity and low intellect. Perhaps his chums would like to comment? Dai Rear

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