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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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