The Sussex Police Chief opens up about the death of his father in a car crash

A police chief has spoken out about how her father was killed after a motorist fell asleep while driving.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner of Sussex Police announced her father died when she was a teenager and spoke about the “heartbreak” she and her family felt.

Her comments came amid a campaign to reduce street casualties this Christmas.

She said: “I know from personal experience the heartbreak of losing a loved one down the road. I lost my father when I was a teenager.

“He was killed one morning on his way to work after a driver fell asleep at the wheel.

“After my family’s experience of my mother being widowed so suddenly by another driver, I make sure we do everything we can to make sure others don’t have to experience the same thing.

“Hopefully the cooperation of the public and police this year will mean fewer families will have to experience this Christmas without their loved ones.”

The national campaign, Drink Driving – Together We Can Stop It, calls for reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads by reporting or challenging their friends and family before driving under the influence.

While 88 per cent of Sussex and Surrey residents say drunk drivers should be reported to the police, less than half (47 per cent) would be willing to take their keys from them to stop them driving.

However, this was above the national average of 41 percent.

The Argus: Sussex Police Chief Constable Jo ShinerSussex Police Chief Constable Jo Shiner (Image: Sussex Police)

Sussex and Surrey residents were also more likely than the average Briton to hail a cab for a drunk friend (79 per cent compared to 67 per cent) and to let a friend stay the night to go home the next day (64 per cent). versus 52 percent).

CC Shiner encouraged people going out this festive season to designate a designated driver and to persuade those who wish to take to the streets drunk not to drive.

She said: “Drunk driving destroys lives, but tragically, reckless drivers get behind the wheel every day, putting themselves and others at risk.

“People who drive drunk need to be stopped and our campaign aims to save lives and be tough on offenders.

“To anyone who thinks they can drink and drive without getting caught, think again.”

Officers are stepping up their presence on the streets to coincide with the run-up to Christmas and the World Cup to attack and catch drunk and drug drivers.

Last year Sussex Police made over 1,200 arrests for drunk driving and a further 1,142 arrests for drivers under the influence of drugs.

The Argus: Police stop drivers at Old Shoreham Road, HovePolice stop drivers at Old Shoreham Road, Hove

Sussex Police and Crime Inspector Katy Bourne said: “Taking action and making plans before a night out to get home safely could make all the difference and even save lives.

“While it is the driver’s responsibility not to get behind the wheel, we should never be afraid to challenge our friends, family or colleagues who believe they are okay.”

The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can include a minimum 12-month driving ban, an unlimited fine, possible imprisonment and a criminal record. The Sussex Police Chief opens up about the death of his father in a car crash

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