Drink drive campaign backed by Southern Vectis

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Drink drive campaign backed by Southern Vectis

Launch of Remember Evey bus. From left; Bethany Staley, Hayley Staley, Alan Staley, Ann Staley and Ellie Staley. Back row, from left, Matt Kitchin of Southern Vectis, Ian Yeo of the ambulance service and Sgt Dave Sanderson of Roads Policing.

DRIVERS will have a powerful reminder of the fatal consequences of drink and drug driving, thanks to Southern Vectis, which has backed a police campaign centred on the Evey Staley tragedy.

The Isle of Wight bus company today (Wednesday) unveiled a bus bearing the message Remember Evey and the purple ribbon logo adopted by police in tribute to the youngster, who was killed by a driver more than twice the drink drive limit, who had been smoking cannabis.

Southern Vectis general manager Matt Kitchin said: "We’ve done it following a suggestion from the family. We were thinking about what we could do to support the campaign, it’s a local campaign and one that is very poignant and we felt it was important to be involved.

"By using the back of a bus, so many people travelling around the Island will see it."

The livery was provided for free by Isle of Wight company Fuhrmann Signs.

Bethany Staley, Evey’s 16-year-old cousin, contacted the Southern Vectis to ask for its support.

Speaking at today’s launch, where she was joined by other members of the family, Bethany said: "Southern Vectis has been really supportive.

"I think this will have an impact. It definitely did on us when we saw it for the first time."

On December 21, the company is planning a purple day, in memory of Evey, when they will work with the police to further highlight the campaign.

Drivers will wear purple ribbons and clothing and police officers will speak to customers about the consequences of drink and drug driving.

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Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk


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by James McAdder

13th December 2013, at 11:35:10

Those videos are truly heartwreching. Let us hope that they get the message across.

What we need are drink drive laws similar to Sweden. Essential, any more than trace amounts of alcohol and you get a ban, huge fine and possible 6 months inside. If you hit about 1.5x the current UK limit you get 2 years in the slammer.

Bottom line. If you are driving, drink nothing. If you drink any alcohol at all, don't drive.

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by John Lennon

12th December 2013, at 18:33:21

Absolutely brilliant idea! I saw this bus coming along Carisbrooke Rd in Newport today. It looked really good. Full marks to SV. I HATE drink drivers with a passion and I wouldn't hesitate for a second to call the police if I knew of someone driving a car while unfit through drink (or drugs). I don't care who it is, whether a friend, neighbour or relative.

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by Claire Kulba

12th December 2013, at 15:28:26

It is a great thing to do..but unfortunately these people who cause these accidents really don't care about the consequences of their actions!!

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by Neal Staley

11th December 2013, at 19:22:51

Hi Terry, just to let you know that some buses in Southampton also have graphics for the campaign on them.
Southern Vectis will be putting Evey's picture, along with a campaign message on other buses as well. 11 out of 10 for them i think!

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by Terry Dalley

11th December 2013, at 18:53:38

This is just brill and it should be widened to all buses if possible and not only on the island .
10 out of 10 to Southern Vectis
The only critisismn why just Christmas .

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by Terry Dalley

11th December 2013, at 18:53:37

This is just brill and it should be widened to all buses if possible and not only on the island .
10 out of 10 to Southern Vectis
The only critisismn why just Christmas .

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by Mike Crowe

11th December 2013, at 18:53:35

Thank you Ross. I have seen what I wanted and have nothing further to say.

by IWCP Online

11th December 2013, at 18:01:18

Hi Mike, I've checked with a colleague and it appears the search won't work if you include quote marks. Apologies for the inconvenience, Ross Findon (web editor).

by IWCP Online

11th December 2013, at 17:57:01

Hi Mike. I'm not sure why it has not worked for you, I will talk to the technical team. Here is a link to results it returned for me, which I hope will be of use: http://www.iwcp.co.uk/search.aspx?s=staley

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by Mike Crowe

11th December 2013, at 17:43:32

Thank you Ross, but ......

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