CHILDREN have told drivers: ‘Keep the drink in the bottle and your foot off the throttle’.
The message came as police yesterday launched their month-long Christmas campaign to stamp out drink driving.
To give the campaign a heartfelt twist, children across the Havant and Waterlooville area have been busy designing posters to make motorists think twice.
The winner and two runners-up were presented with awards at The Plaza in Havant yesterday and got to have tea and cakes with the Mayor, Councillor Leah Turner.
The three winning posters will be displayed in public places across Havant and Waterlooville, as well as on First Buses across the Portsmouth and Fareham areas.
The overall winner was Isabel Turner, 10, of Purbrook Junior School.
She designed an eye-catching of a man drinking in a car and the words ‘Think. Don’t Drink and Drive’.
Isabel, of Lone Valley, Widley, said: ‘It took a couple of hours.
‘I think people should stop drinking and driving. You could kill someone or kill yourself. You can injure people and it’s really dangerous.’
Her dad, Steven Turner, 44, said: ‘I can’t wait to see it on the bus or billboard.’
Maddie Sprake, 11, who attends Hart Plain Junior School, was a runner-up with her hard-hitting slogan about drivers laying off the bottle and throttle.
Her mum, Kirsty Maunder, 31, from Waterlooville, said: ‘It has more impact when it comes from children.’
Maia Wilson, 10, who attends Purbrook Junior School, was another runner-up with her slogan ‘Stay sober or get pulled over’.
‘You are putting not only your life at risk but other people’s lives at risk,’ she said.
Cllr Turner said she was impressed by all the artwork.
‘If you drink and then drive a car you don’t have the same control of the vehicle,’ she said.
Inspector Dave Humphries, who oversees Waterlooville and Hayling police, said: ‘It’s not worth the risk.’
Alison Reijman, PR manager for competition sponsor First Bus, said: ‘You can go out and have a great time and use the bus.’