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DRINK DRIVE CAMPAIGN: Don't drink and drive

December 31, 2017
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With her combination of beauty and brains 23-year-old Dominique Wright certainly had a bright future ahead.

But the hard-working student's life was tragically cut short when her boyfriend, who had been drinking, crashed his van into a tree.

Now her proud parents are urging other drivers not to take the risk of having to go through what they have.

Dominique was a passenger in the van driven by her boyfriend when it left the A612 Nottingham Road, near Southwell. She died at the scene of the crash on 30 October 2016.

He was jailed for two years and banned from driving for four years when he appeared at court in September this year having pleaded guilty to causing Dominique's death by careless driving and driving with alcohol over the prescribed limit.

Dominique had been studying for a master's degree at the Leeds University Business School, having graduated with a bachelor's degree in English language from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015.

Her father, David, said: "Dominique was beautiful as well as being smart, which was a fantastic combination.

"We're so proud of everything she achieved and the way she was. She enjoyed university immensely and was very hardworking and ambitious.

"Her long-term ambition was to get married and start a family. She was looking forward to having children as well as a career."

He added: "Dominique was a gorgeous, bubbly and very caring person who was really well loved by her family and friends.

"She was the life and soul of the party and was the sort of person who would do anything for anybody.

"None of us will ever recover from Dominique's death. Drink and drug driving destroys people's lives. Our message to other drivers is that it's just not worth taking the risk and you shouldn't let anyone else take it.

"You don't want to feel how we do and go through what we have. It's such a fine line between life and death - it takes a split second, a slight miscalculation and making a stupid decision and people's lives are changed forever.

"It has such a massive impact on the families and friends of the victims and the drivers involved and also on the emergency services who deal with serious and fatal  collisions on our roads.

"We just hope no-one else has to go through what we have."

Earlier this month Nottinghamshire Police launched a new educational campaign, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, raising awareness of the dangers and consequences of drink driving as well as the other 'Fatal 4' offences - speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving.

Revellers in Nottingham, Newark and Mansfield were invited to take part in some sobriety tests which including them being challenged to try on a pair of beer googles and walk in a straight line, simulating how alcohol can affect your reactions.

PC Adam Taylor, of East Midlands Operational Support Services (EMOpSS), said: "Driving while affected by drink or drugs is wholly unacceptable and a crime. There are massive life-changing consequences for those who commit the crime including the potential to lose their job, relationship and freedom to drive.

“If you drink and drive the risk of being involved in a serious collision increases hugely and the risk of suffering the worst of injuries in a collision doesn’t differentiate, no matter whether you are with your partner, your parents or your children.  I would ask people to consider whether the risk of living with those consequences is worth a glass of wine or pint of beer?

"We can all play a part in stopping it. If you know or suspect that someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, try to discourage them but, if they won’t listen to you, ring us and report them.

"Call us on 101 or 999 if there's an immediate threat to life or property. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"We will be relentless in pursuing those who think it’s acceptable to drive while affected by drink or drugs and any drivers who commit the 'Fatal 4' offences throughout our region can expect to be dealt with robustly."  

Drink Drive Campaign: Father's interview - Part 2

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