Waterlooville children start campaign on drink-driving

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SCHOOLCHILDREN have been asked to help spread the message that drink-driving kills.

Police are running a competition to design a hard-hitting poster to warn motorists off getting behind the wheel after they have had a drink.

(l-r) Jake Brown, Milly Cripps, Isabel Fry, Oliver Adamson, with PCSO Helen Richards, PC Matt James and PCSO Chris Penfold

(l-r) Jake Brown, Milly Cripps, Isabel Fry, Oliver Adamson, with PCSO Helen Richards, PC Matt James and PCSO Chris Penfold

PC Matt James and his colleagues from the Waterlooville Safer Neighbourhood Team visited Year 6 pupils at Hart Plain Junior School where they explained the dangers and risks to the children.

The youngsters were given the chance to put on a pair of beer goggles which replicate what a drunk driver would be able to see after too much booze.

They also gave them an idea of how their co-ordination would be affected.

Ten-year-old Sophia Tucker said: ‘The goggles were really awful because I didn’t know where I was going.

‘I don’t even know how someone could start a car if they were drunk. It would be too dangerous.’

Along with 22 other schools in the area, Hart Plain pupils have been set to work on creating posters – with the winning one spearheading the Christmas anti-drink-drive campaign.

They will appear in pubs and bars across the Havant and Waterlooville area.

PC James said: ‘We’re hoping these posters will make people think twice about jumping in the car after a night out.

‘They will be displayed in the foyer of pubs where drinkers will see them as they walk out – and hopefully take a taxi instead.

‘We are delighted to be supported by First Bus again who are vital in helping to get the drink drive message out there by displaying the winning posters on their fleet of buses.

‘The winners’ event will be hosted at Staunton Country Park where the winner and runners-up will be invited to meet the Mayor of Havant who is judging the competition.’

Headteacher Nicola Tettmar said: ‘We have had a poster in the top three for the last two years.

‘Aside from the competition amongst pupils, there is a very important message being explained in the posters and I am hoping that children from across the area will come up with some creative and colourful posters to draw attention to the message – don’t drink and drive.’