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Op Holly - How drink driving changed my life

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Uploaded on Dec 16, 2011

Hampshire Constabulary has released a video illustrating the impact of drink driving on a convicted drink driver as part of its Christmas campaign, Op Holly.

The video is released ahead on one of the busiest weekends for revellers in the lead-up to Christmas, in a bid to make people think before getting behind the wheel.

The short film, the second released in conjunction with Op Holly, deals with the aftermath of a drink driving conviction. 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 license, 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.

"Drink and drug drive collisions are totally preventable, but ultimately, the choice starts with you.

"What's more important, your money or your life? Take a taxi home this weekend and don't let that 'one for the road' ruin your family's Christmas."

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 offence in progress can call 999.

To get the very latest progress and information on Operation Holly follow @HantsPolice or @HantspolRoads on Twitter or check out our Hampshire Constabulary Facebook page.

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