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17 December 2011, 09:15
Hampshire Police have released a video showing the impact getting behind the wheel had on one woman convicted for drink driving.
It's part of the force's Christmas campaign, Operation Holly.
This weekend's one of the busiest for revellers in the lead up to Christmas and officers hope seeing this will make people think twice before driving.
The short film deals with the aftermath of a drink driving conviction. Watch it here.
The convicted driver, who was breathalysed after crashing her car into the central reservation, speaks of how her crime led to the break-down of her relationship, the loss of her job and ultimately the loss of her home.
Roads Policing Unit PC, Mark Clarke, said:
"We'd like to thank this lady for coming forward and sharing her experience. Her conviction has had a devastating impact on her life, and while it is very sad, it could have been so much worse - she could have lost her life.
"There are no excuses for drink driving, but there are plenty against it. You could lose your licence, your job, the respect of your friends and family.
"It could destroy your relationships and – worse case scenario – it could cost you your life or the lives of others, whether they’re passengers in your car or just in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Hampshire Constabulary is asking members of the public across the two counties to text 80999 to report anyone they suspect of drink driving or being drug impaired behind the wheel.
The information will be received anonymously, and senders simply need to text the precise location where the driver was last seen, direction of travel if possible, and as many vehicle details as possible – most importantly the number plate.
The number is a text-only service, and will not take phone calls but anyone witnessing a drink drive happening can call 999.