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Drink drive warning follows Court sentencing


RELEASED TO MEDIA ON TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER AT 2 PM

The tragic events of 22 January this year, after two men died following a fatal collision in Grouville, are a stark reminder of the consequences of drink driving.

The States of Jersey Police would urge all drivers to remember that drink driving is not just a criminal offence but in the most severe cases, drink driving costs lives.

In this case, not only did two people lose their lives, leaving their families devastated, but three more people were treated for injuries following the collision. One person has been left with serious injuries.

The driver of the car now faces a five year prison sentence. This has a life long effect on the families of all involved.

As the drink drive campaign continues, during which seven people have now been arrested on suspicion of drink driving, the States of Jersey Police would urge all drivers not to drink and drive.

Insp Andy Cousins, who is leading the campaign on behalf of States of Jersey Police, said: 'It is tragic that events like this occur. Alcohol was a major factor in this incident and the consequences are far reaching. Our sympathies are with all the families concerned. We still believe to the majority of motorists in Jersey think it is socially unacceptable to drink and drive and cases like this only strengthen that feeling. We make no apologies for highlighting incidents like this if it continues to press the message home.

As previously stated, we run these Drink Drive campaigns, not to arrest as many people as possible, but to save lives and we are asking for your co-operation and understanding if you are delayed by a road check.

Despite all the publicity, there are still people who get in their cars having had a drink without thinking of the consequences. We would like to reiterate our comments at the start of the campaign; If you can't stop someone from drink driving, call us and we will.'


 Media information:
Insp Andy Cousins is available to speak to the media this afternoon. Please call the press officer on 612109 to arrange a time

 

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