THE sobering impact drink-driving has on lives was brought home yesterday as police police brought their Christmas campaign to Fareham.
The mangled wreck of a car caught up in a collision fuelled by drink-driving was on show to passers-by in West Street as part of Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Holly campaign.
The day’s aim was to raise awareness of the dangers of drink-driving and stop people driving under the influence.
PC Adam Jackson, of the road policing unit in Fratton, said he received an excellent response and sent a clear message to drink-drivers.
‘We’ve got no time for drink-drivers anywhere in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight’, said PC Jackson.
‘The car we used is similar to one involved in a drink-drive related death I’ve personally dealt with, so being able to talk to people about that was very impactive. As soon as you mention the word “death” to them, people stopped; the fact we could talk about real examples brought it home.
‘This is what we as the emergency services, both police and the fire service, deal with and yet these collisions could be prevented.’
The campaign started in successful style on Thursday as the force’s roads policing unit made seven arrests for drink-driving – a total of 14 across the county so far. This year officers have been busy keeping Twitter followers up-to-date throughout the campaign. They have presented talks to more than 2,000 people on the dangers of drink and drug driving under the banner prevention through education.
To keep up to date with Hampshire Constabulary’s roads policing unit during Operation Holly, follow their Twitter page
You can text the police on 80999 if you suspect someone is drink or drug driving.
Meanwhile, backing for The News’s Steer Clear campaign continues to grow as two more pubs have signed up.
The Admiral Drake in Silverlock Close, Mile End, and the Artillery Arms in Hester Road, Milton, join dozens of pubs in the area pledging their support to the initiative.
By signing up, landlords pledge to offer a free soft drink to designated drivers.