One day we hope that this campaign will not be needed

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As regular as clockwork, Christmas is coming – and so are the anti-drinking and driving campaigns.

There may well be some out there who roll their eyes at this – we hope those individuals are few and far between – but The News makes no apology for throwing its weight behind this once more.

Today we bring you the harrowing story of Andrew Greest. He died after his car was hit by one driven by Steven Anderson, who was nearly three times the legal limit, in the run-up to Christmas 2012.

Three years on, the grief of Andrew’s family remains as raw as ever. Losing a loved one is never easy, but the circumstances of Andrew’s death make it particularly hard to come to terms with.

Anderson too will have to live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life.

It would be difficult to blame Andrew’s daughter Kayleigh for not wanting to meet Anderson, despite him reaching out to her.

Is ‘one (or two, or more) for the road’, really worth it?

And if there’s one league table we don’t want to be near the top of, it’s one for failing breath tests.

In last year’s county-wide crackdown, Portsmouth was second only to Southampton for the highest proportion of people arrested.

While the statistics overall showed that 97 per cent of people tested gave negative results – and that in itself is a significant improvement on recent years – that’s still three per cent of drivers who aren’t getting the message.

‘Where will you end up tonight?’ asks Hampshire Constabulary’s hard-hitting new campaign, with an image of a mortuary.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all be safe in our own beds?

Then maybe one day we won’t need campaigns like this.