Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'It Shoul't Be Acceptable to Get in the Car after You've Had a Couple of Pints, Anyone That Does Should Be Named and Shamed."

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'It Shoul't Be Acceptable to Get in the Car after You've Had a Couple of Pints, Anyone That Does Should Be Named and Shamed."

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Byline: sophie.doughty

THESE are the tragic faces of drink-driving, and just six of the reasons why the Chronicle is today declaring war on deadly boozed-up motor menaces.

Every time a driver gets behind the wheel after having a drink, lives are put at risk.

And countless Tyneside families have been ripped apart by the actions of these selfish drinkers, who take to our roads when they're in no fit state to do so.

So today the Chronicle is joining police in getting tough on drink-drivers, as we launch our "Over the Limit" campaign. We are pledging to name and shame all those convicted of drink-driving over the festive period.

And police are today joining families who have lost loved ones because of the reckless actions of boozed-up motorists in backing our pledge.

Chief Insp Peter Reeve, of Northumbria Police's Operations Command, said: "Drink-driving wrecks lives - it is as simple as that. We support the Chronicle's campaign to highlight this issue.

"Keeping the roads safe for everyone is our priority and over the festive period we'll be carrying out additional alcohol and drug tests. Those found to be driving under the influence face an instant driving ban along with a criminal record and all the consequences this brings."

Over the coming weeks we will be highlighting some of the issues surrounding drink-driving, and giving readers information about how they can make sure they keep themselves and others safe on the roads.

FRIENDS Angela Ovington, 28, from Birtley, Gateshead, and Susan Briggs, 30, from Durham, were mowed down by a drunken kerb-crawler in Rochdale 12 years ago.

Angela's sister, Susan, 36, said: "We are obviously behind what the Chronicle is doing. It's a good idea."

TRACEY Quinnin, 42, of Annitsford, near Cramlington, lost 22-year-old son John when drunk driver Anthony Grant, 21, of Bellister Grove, Fenham, crashed the car they were in.

She said: "I definitely back what the Chronicle is doing. If I heard of anyone drink-driving I would shop them no bother. People's lives can be lost so easily."

MUM Claire Dickman, 24, from Morpeth, died instantly when friend Ashley Lawson crashed his auntie's car while she was in the passenger seat, after a drinking session. …

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