Grieving dad’s plea to drink-drivers

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The grieving father of a young woman drink-driver killed in a car crash today pleaded: ‘If you have drunk, please do not drive.’

The dad, who wishes to remain anonymous but is working with Hampshire police to highlight his daughter’s tragic case as part of the force’s hard-hitting Don’t Get Smashed campaign, has given permission for the 23-year-old’s wrecked blue Vauxhall Corsa to be displayed at roadshows across the county to highlight the dangers of drink-driving.

Picture of a smashed car issued as part of Hampshire Police drink driving campaign

Picture of a smashed car issued as part of Hampshire Police drink driving campaign

His daughter was less than a mile from home when she crashed into a van in the early hours in November last year.

She died instantly and tests later revealed she was four times over the legal drink-drive limit when the smash happened.

The father, speaking in the fourth and final clip in a series of films posted by the force on YouTube this week, said: ‘It deepened the pain of losing her even more by knowing and realising that alcohol had played a significant role in the error she made in judgement and in actions that night.

‘I would like to say that just as my daughter should not have, that moment’s decision ended her life and changed our lives forever and my reason for being here is to say that we as a family have been so destroyed by this event that we want to be able to share with others as much as they can feel from what I’m saying that that one moment decision to get into a daughter should not have made that.

‘She should have stayed where she was. Even though she wanted to be home with us and that was the motivation for it.

‘Please, anyone, if you have drunk please do not drive. It is devastating for everyone around it.’

The Vauxhall Corsa will be at roadshows, organised with the city council’s road safety and active travel team, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

It will be in Guildhall Walk on December 12 and 14 and at Gunwharf Quays on December 21 from 7pm to 11pm, when the tower will be lit yellow.

This year roads policing unit officers are putting more time and resources into tackling drink-driving than ever before.

Officers will breathalyse drivers at any opportunity, this year, specifically in the early mornings to tackle rising ‘morning after’ drink-drive offences.

Last year, more than 10 per cent of drink-drive arrests across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight were made in Portsmouth.

To report a suspected drink-driver text as many details as possible including time, area, direction of travel and registration number to 80999.