Drink drive warning to motorists

Andover Advertiser: A police campaign to cut the number of people killed through drink driving is highlighting the impact the deaths have on those left behind A police campaign to cut the number of people killed through drink driving is highlighting the impact the deaths have on those left behind

A police campaign to cut the number of people killed through drink driving is highlighting the impact the deaths have on those left behind.

The Association of Chief Police Officers' Christmas campaign runs until January and aims to cut the number of drink and drug-related road deaths.

Some 280 people were killed as a direct result of drink driving in 2011.

Backing Acpo's campaign is mother Jane Bennett from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. Her 22-year-old son Scott was killed by a drunk driver in December 2010, just a few days before he was due to celebrate a family Christmas.

He had gone out with friends on a night out after the family spent the day putting up the decorations. But instead of coming home as normal there was a knock at the door from the police in the early hours of the morning, to tell Ms Bennett her son had been killed.

The driver was twice the legal alcohol limit for driving and left the scene. He was arrested and admitted causing death by careless driving while over the alcohol limit and was sentenced to three years and four months in prison - where he remains today.

Ms Bennett remembers the exact moment she heard the door bell ring from her bed - 4.17am.

"It was the fifth of December and we had just gone out to buy a Christmas tree and I spent the day putting it up," she said.

"The door bell rang and I answered the door. The police were standing there and they asked me who I was and if I was Scott's mum and I said 'yes'. They asked if they could come in.

"I sat on the sofa and they said Scott had been involved in a serious collision. I was expecting them to say he was badly injured and still alive, but unfortunately it was fatal."

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