The Pendleton Panther

Drink Driving Schoolgirl Prosecuted

Posted on: October 9, 2009

Stop drinking and driving campaign

Stop drinking and driving campaign

People drink and drive, it is a big problem that is not easy to solve.  These people believe that they are special, that nothing bad will happen to them.  For some people, their drink driving causes them big problems.  Right now, nobody knows the consequences of drink driving better than Gabriella Edmondson.   On the 7th of April, Gabriella, her best friend Grace Hadman, and two other passengers were involved in a crash.  The crash proved fatal for Grace, who was 17 when she passed away.  That night, Gabriella and Grace had some wine between them.  Gabriella then decided that she would drive the four of them home even though she was over the alcohol limit (not to mention too young to drink).  Unfortunately, the prompts from her other friends to not drive after the alcohol, did not stop Gabriella from driving.  Whilst she was driving, she turned around to tell the backseat passengers to keep quiet and crashed the car.  When she was later tested for how much alcohol was in her system, she was one-and-a-half times over the limit.  She has now been sentenced to 2 years and 4 months in jail, and has been suspended from driving for 4 years.  It is unfortunate that a young life has been lost in this tragic accident.  Hopefully other people learn from this mistake and don’t repeat the drink driving!

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