‘Idiots’ - father of Norwich girl killed by drink-driver hits out after police catch 57 motorists in nine days
PUBLISHED: 06:30 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:53 11 December 2017
Archant Norfolk 2016
“Complete idiots” - that is how 57 people arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving in Norfolk and Suffolk in just over a week since the launch of a festive crackdown have been described.
The shocking figures released in a police tweet just nine days into the Christmas drink and drug-drive blitz equate to more than six motorists being caught a day and are a quarter of the 224 drivers convicted in both counties in the whole of December last year.
Peter Jermy, 67, whose 16-year-old daughter Lisa was killed by a drink driver in a crash on Norwich’s Magdalen Road, in 2006, just weeks before her 17th birthday, said he was not surprised by the number of drivers caught so far.
He said: “They are complete idiots. All I can say is they have no respect for other people on the road.
“When you drive a car or a van you are driving a machine that can kill people and you’ve got to have 100pc concentration on what you’re doing whether you’re in a car, a van a motorbike or whatever.
“It only takes an idiot who has been drinking or who is on their phone to have an accident and they are going to kill someone in another vehicle or a pedestrian.”
Mr Jermy, from Mile Cross, said he did not think there was enough of a deterrent and called for those caught drink or drug-driving to have their licences taken away permanently.
Sgt Chris Harris tweeted the figures on Saturday, December 9 - the same day as a woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs following a fatal crash on the A143.
Sgt Harris, from the Norfolk and Suffolk roads policing and firearms operations unit, said: “It’s just really disappointing to see that all the hard work we do [in educating people] that people still think it’s acceptable and think they can get away with it. They are not only risking death or serious injury to themselves but to other people as well.”
Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner Lorne Green said he saluted the officers who were helping to keep the roads safe in arresting these people but insisted it was “57 too many”.
This newspaper has vowed to name and shame as many motorists as possible who are convicted of driving while intoxicated between December 1 and January 1.