Serious Collision Investigator warns about the dangers of drink and drug driving
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A Serious Collision Investigator who examines the cause of crashes on our roads in Beds, Cambs and Herts is warning the public not to drink or take drugs and drive.
As part of the NPCC summer drink and drug drive campaign, Detective Sergeant Craig Wheeler has spoken out about the consequences of breaking the law.
Craig has recently been on the team investigating the death of a man, after a drink driver crashed into the side of his car at 100mph.
Asadul Karim, 31, of Montrose Gardens, Mitcham, London lost control of his Mercedes at a roundabout near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire on 12 July 2021 killing 36-year-old Mark Rulman instantly.
Karim was jailed for 12 years for causing death by dangerous driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Det Sgt Craig Wheeler said: "An innocent man died as a result of Karim’s actions, which caused unimaginable pain to this family.
“We unfortunately see cases like this across Beds, Cambs and Herts where people selfishly drink or take drugs and then drive, putting their own lives and others at risk.
“Our Family Liaison Officers have to tell innocent and unexpecting families that their loved ones have died as a result of people not abiding by the law.”
“The message is simple, do not drink or take drugs and drive – get organised, order a taxi or a designated driver. Don’t risk the lives of innocent people on the roads who are just driving to get home.”
Since the beginning of 2022, 4,175 drink and drug drive arrests have been made across Beds, Cambs and Herts.
Enforcement as part of the NPCC national drink and drug drive operation will run between 21 and 27 August 2023.
Anyone wishing to report an incident of drink or drug driving should call 101 or 999 in an emergency.