Wrecked car a safety warning for Exmouth motorists

PUBLISHED: 10:30 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:30 29 September 2016

Exmouth Blue Watch firefighters with the car wreck of a drink driver. Ref exe 37-16AW 5653. Picture: Alex Walton.

Exmouth Blue Watch firefighters with the car wreck of a drink driver. Ref exe 37-16AW 5653. Picture: Alex Walton.

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Exmouth motorists have been given a stark warning of the dangers of drink-driving, after a car involved in a fatal collision went on display.

The wrecked Mazda, which was placed outside Exmouth Fire Station, was being driven by a woman in her early 20s in 2011, when she lost control and collided with a tree.

Having been airlifted to hospital, she died of her injuries 11 days later.

Blood tests revealed she had been over the drink-drive limit at the time of the crash.

The car is being exhibited across the South West, with the agreement of the victim’s family, who say they do not want another family to suffer in the same way.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said the vehicle tied in with its extensive road safety campaigning.

The spokesperson said: “We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of road safety campaigning.

“We attend too many incidents and too many of those involving young drivers.

“We work with our partner agencies, such as the police, ambulance and local authorities, to get the message across in the most effective way.

“We have specialist road safety educational vehicles, educational events and special educational roadshows all aiming to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

“When our preventative measures aren’t enough, we are always ready to attend incidents and provide the best emergency service to those that need us.”

The service encourages motorists to find out more through its Honest Truth project, at http://thehonesttruth.co.uk, and the free P.A.N.I.C app, which is designed to help people in the first few moments if they are involved in a car crash.

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