A picture that says it all: Father displays dead daughter's mangled car in warning not to drink and drive like she did
22:31 GMT, 7 December 2012
To the bereaved father, it is a symbol of heartbreaking loss.
But the man whose daughter died at the wheel of this Vauxhall Corsa has taken the courageous decision to allow police to use it as a weapon in their war on drink-driving.
The twisted wreck will be displayed in town centres and outside nightclubs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the hope it will persuade young people of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.
A father is displaying his dead daughter's wrecked car in a bid to stop people from boozing and getting behind the wheel this Christmas
The twisted wreck of this Vauxhall Corsa will be displayed in town centres and outside nightclubs in Hampshire
The unnamed 23-year-old woman who was four times over the drink-drive limit when she died last year
Its driver was just 23 when she lost control and collided with a van near Fleet last November. She was four times the drink-drive limit.
Under the campaign title Smashed, police are targeting the 20-24 age group, who are the worst offenders, accounting for more than one in five drink-drive arrests last Christmas.
The girl’s father wishes to remain anonymous, but said: 'I wanted to tell my story, her story, because I wanted people to see what devastation they can cause by making that choice.
'It's a split second decision which can have far-reaching consequences.
'My daughter was a kind-hearted, loving and caring individual who went out of her way to put others first.
'She made a mistake. One that she paid for with her life and one we're still reeling from as a family.'
'My memory of the night I lost my daughter will haunt me and my family for the rest of our lives.
'I remember the police officer at the
door asking to come in and for me to sit down. All I could think was if
it is bad news surely he should just tell me.
'When we later found out that my daughter had been drinking it made the pain so much more agonising.
'To anyone else who would consider
getting behind the wheel after having alcohol, I plead with you as a
father, as the husband of a devastated mother, as the parent of two
grieving children and on behalf of the many people who knew and loved my
daughter, please don't.
'You can't imagine the pain you could leave behind, either for your family or for someone else's.'
The driver, 23, was four times the drink-drive limit when she lost control and collided with a van near Fleet last November
The 'Smashed' drink-drive campaign is supported by the father of the 23-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous
‘To anyone who would consider getting behind the wheel after drinking, I plead with you as a father, don’t. You can’t imagine the pain you could leave behind, either for your family or for someone else’s.’
Sergeant Jay Hewes, who attended the accident scene last November, said: 'It (the campaign) can't fail to move you.
'This young woman made the wrong choice and it's a tragedy that a split
second decision cost her life and has shattered her family.
'If one person, regardless of their age, sits up and takes notice, this
young person will have left a legacy her parents can take some comfort
Last year's Christmas drink-drive arrests were up 9.1 per cent on 2010, and the father of the young woman urges people not to drink and drive.
Hampshire's Road Policing Unit will be travelling across the county and the Isle of Wight with the smashed Vauxhall Corsa this month
The wreck of the Vauxhall Vectra was on display in Winchester on Thursday evening to kick-off the campaign