The annual “Name and Shame” campaign in the Evening Star is scoring a number of successes – and showing readers who the local drink-drivers are.
News about the conviction of eight motorists has already appeared in the Ipswich paper – including the story that went national when one defendant posed at court with his can of beer, before being marched off to the cells.
This week the Evening Star featured a front page splash and centre page spread on two deaths from drink-driving – and printed pictures of the victims in an attempt to make people think twice.
Editor Nigel Pickover said: “Our determined effort to help cut out this horrendous crime has never had more meaning than now, with two tragic national cases claiming the lives of four more innocent victims. But, as the festive season gathers pace, will these be the last?
“Our determined fight has received extensive backing. So much so in fact, that the agency which held the pictures of young victim Joshua Robson told The Star it extended its full support to the campaign, and would willingly forward the photographs without cost.
“Sadly, the suffering of seven-year-old Joshua’s distraught family is likely to be experienced by many others before the Christmas season is over.”
He said that in Suffolk, and further afield, new tragedies would come to light each week.
And the names and details of the defendants, together with their sentences, would be published throughout the festive season.
The editor said: “For four years we have been running the campaign, hoping that we can cut the number of deaths caused by reckless drinking and driving.
“As always, we will be naming and shaming guilty individuals caught during December and January.”
Suffolk Police has continued to support the work of the reporters in naming and shaming motorists who put other people’s lives at risk.
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