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Drivers must be re-educated says wife of drink drive victim
9:10am Thursday 6th September 2012 in News
AFTER Paul Critchley was jailed for 16 months, the family of Ian Foster gave a statement to the Warrington Guardian.
In it wife Pauline said: “Unfortunately in society today, aggressive driving among young men is resulting in many collisions on the roads with brain injury rehabilitation wards telling the true story.
“Until we can re-educate this section of society of the consequences of this alter-ego style of driving we will continue to have horrific injuries.
“Being behind the wheel of two tonnes of metal is real life, not a computer simulation and impacts lives and families for years after.
“Eighty per cent of victims with the same injuries that Ian sustained die, but Ian was one of the fortunate ones to survive due to the emergency treatment and ongoing intensive care that he received.
“Regrettably there will continue to be more families that have to go through the ordeal that we went through.”
Meanwhile PC Ian Dodd, from Cheshire Police, said: “This was a serious incident that has left the victim with life-changing injuries.
“Officers have carried out a thorough investigation and we hope that the conclusion of this case will help bring about a degree of closure for Ian and his family who have been devastated by the actions of Critchley.
“We would like to thank all those involved in this case – including the witnesses who came forward with information.
"We would also like to thank the members of the public who stopped at the scene to help Ian.”