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Dad of tragic Tim backs Blackwater

Stephen Osborn who is backing the Operation Blackwater drink-drug-drive campaign by Lincolnshire Police.

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Stephen Osborn who is backing the Operation Blackwater drink-drug-drive campaign by Lincolnshire Police. Photo: SG050213-140TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

The father of Tim Osborn (27) who was tragically killed by a drunk driver in Spalding has backed a police campaign to catch more culprits.

Stephen Osborn (51), whose son died after he was hit by a car being driven at 70mph on Bourne Road in September 2012, accused people who drink and drive of “thinking life was cheap”.

More than 20 people were arrested in the first week of Operation Blackwater, Lincolnshire Police’s annual crackdown on people who drink booze or take drugs before driving.

Philip Newton (37) of Baulkins Drove, Sutton St James, and Petras Dirgela (46) of London Road, Spalding, are due to appear before Boston magistrates on July 2 after both were arrested for being over the legal alcohol limit of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

Mr Osborn, who was in court to see Paul Walken (42) of Chapel Lane, Folkingham, jailed for eight years in April for causing Tim’s death by careless driving while unfit through drink, said: “It was a bit of a shock to actually hear about the campaign, but I’m fully behind it.

“There are two sides to this – the person drinking who thinks they are perfectly okay to drive and the people on the other side of what happens after an accident.

“A lot of people who drink and drive think life is cheap and they don’t think about the fact that they might go out one day and not come back.

“Until we make it clear that any form of drink-driving is not acceptable, then I can’t see a way that the problem is going to be resolved.”

As part of Operation Blackwater, police launched a new service where people can report anyone planning to drink and drive by texting DRINK to 80800, followed by vehicle details, when and where the drinking and driving will take place.

South Holland chief inspector Paul Timmins said: “Drink-driving is traditionally seen as a winter activity, but it does unfortunately occur all year round.

“It is completely unacceptable and my officers will be actively looking for suspected drink-drivers throughout the summer months.”

 

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