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Force launches Christmas drink drive campaign

A widow whose husband was killed by a drink-driver is backing Dorset Police’s Christmas drink and drug drive campaign.

Margaret Waterland has allowed the publication of photographs from the horror collision which claimed the life of her husband David in the hope it acts as a warning to others.

The images show the shocking impact of the collision which happened as the couple returned from an evening with friends.

Mr Waterland, 69 and of Wareham, died at the scene. Margaret escaped with minor injuries.

Margaret said: “I went out that night a wife and came home a widow. David had been my world for almost 40 years and that night he was snatched from me all because Stewart Rosoman made the selfish decision to get behind the wheel after drinking.”

Stewart Rosoman, 51, of Milton Abbas, was jailed for six years on Tuesday 4 November 2014 after being found guilty of careless driving while unfit through drink.

His MGF smashed into Mr Waterland’s Honda Jazz in Milborne St Andrew near Blandford at 11.40pm on Wednesday 15 May 2013. Rosoman told a nurse he had drunk four pints of Kronenberg that evening.

Margaret said: “I am urging everyone to make sure they don’t drink and drive this Christmas. Plan how you are going to get home before you go out. Designate a driver or get a taxi.

“Drink driving is simply not worth it. It is not only innocent lives you destroy but you also ruin your own family’s lives – they suffer too.

“On 15 May 2013, I lost my beloved husband, Sue and Mark lost their father, Emily, Madelena, and Freddie lost their grandfather – now there is just a huge void where David used to be. Please don’t do this to another family.”

The Force’s annual drink and drug drive campaign runs from today, Monday 1 December 2014 to Thursday 1 January 2015.

As in previous years, anyone charged with a drink or drug drive-related offence during the campaign will have their names and court appearance details released to the media. Custody images of those convicted could also be released to the media.

Throughout the campaign there will be an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks.

Every driver who is involved in a collision during this period will be breath tested, irrespective of whether they are suspected of drink driving or not.

If someone is caught drink driving they will face a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “I have seen far too many crashes that have been caused by the irresponsible few who think they are above the law and will drink and drive.

“Stewart Rosoman took that risk and not only claimed the life of an innocent man but also ruined his own.

“I urge everyone to take a minute to think before they get behind the wheel after drinking. No one deserves to lose their life because of someone else’s stupidity.”

Inspector Butler is urging people to call the police on 101, or 999 immediately, if they suspect someone is drink or drug driving. Calls can also be made to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.

Members of the public can follow the progress of the drink drive campaign including the number of people charged on Twitter @dorsetpolice #DPXmasdrinkdrive and facebook.com/dorsetpolice.

Issued: 1 December 2014

David Waterland Fatal RTC
Margaret & David Waterland