Children lead campaign to stop motorists drink driving

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  • Hundreds of schoolchildren across Havant and Waterlooville will be designing posters
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CHILDREN will lead a hard-hitting campaign to stop people drink-driving.

Hundreds of schoolchildren across Havant, Waterlooville, Emsworth and Hayling Island are being invited to come up with an eye-catching poster to get people to think twice about getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

From left, PCSO Chris Penfold, PC Matt James and PCSO John Petroulas with schoolchildren, from left, Tyler Smith, 10, Lauren Boxall,10, Harriet Burr, 10, Finley Hawkins, 11, Caitlin Copus, 11, and Alfie Davey, 10, at Padnell Junior School

From left, PCSO Chris Penfold, PC Matt James and PCSO John Petroulas with schoolchildren, from left, Tyler Smith, 10, Lauren Boxall,10, Harriet Burr, 10, Finley Hawkins, 11, Caitlin Copus, 11, and Alfie Davey, 10, at Padnell Junior School

It is the fourth year of the poster competition and 22 primary schools will be taking part.

The winning poster will be put up in public places and on First Bus’ fleet across the Havant borough, as well as Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport.

Some of the slogans in previous years have been ‘Don’t drink and die’ and ‘Why did you drink dad?’, accompanied by a picture of the dad in hospital.

Police officer Matt James and PCSOs Chris Penfold and John Petroulas led an assembly of Year 6 pupils at Padnell Junior School in Cowplain yesterday.

Children got to see how difficult it is to have good co-ordination after drinking alcohol by trying to walk along a straight line while wearing night-vision goggles.

PC James warned of the ‘chain of consequences’ of drink-driving, such as losing your driving licence and losing your job.

Finley Hawkins, 11, said: ‘Drink-driving is bad because it could cause you to die and someone else.’

Alfie Davey, 10, said: ‘Our posters can make them think so they don’t drink and drive.’

Harriet Burr, 10, said: ‘I’m going to do a poster. I have seen some of the other posters and I think they are good.’

The Mayor of Havant, Leah Turner, will help judge the posters.

PC James, from Waterlooville Safer Neighbourhood team, said: ‘The aim is to get the posters as far and as wide as possible.’

PCSO Petroulas added: ‘We are really excited about launching the scheme again this year.’

Year 6 teacher Katie Pinhorne said hearing the warning from young people was more powerful.

‘I think children are the best naggers,’ she said.