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A reminder not to Drink and Drive this Christmas: Megan Brogan's story

Megan Brogan
In the first 2 weeks of Operation Tonic, Avon and Somerset Police have already arrested 46 people for drink and drug driving.

To send a powerful message to people who still drink and drive, Megan Brogan’s family are reminding people of her tragic story in the hope of preventing further death or injury this Christmas.

On 19 January 2016 28 year old Megan Brogan was crossing Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford. As she crossed the road she was hit by a Vauxhall Astra with such force that she was thrown onto the windscreen of the car and landed 20 feet away. Jake Mitchell, 25, was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit when he hit Megan who died at the scene.

On Tuesday 19 December Megan’s father, Ian Brogan will be at Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford and available for interview at 12.00pm. At the same time we will be conducting a patrol targeting drink and drug drivers.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Every day Ian and his family are forced to live with the pain of losing their loved one, Megan. The fact they were prematurely robbed of Megan’s life because someone chose to drink and drive, no doubt makes her death even harder to come to terms with.  I am extremely grateful to them for sharing their story.

“It is never acceptable to drink and drug drive.  When driving under the influence of any substance and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, you put both yourself and others at risk and the consequences can be devastating.  I hope many people hear the Brogan family’s heart-breaking experience and reflect on the decisions they make when on the road.”

Tri Force Chief Inspector Shirley Eden said: “Megan’s death was an avoidable tragedy which cut short a life full of promise and has caused unimaginable sadness for her family, friends and the community.

“If you get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, you are risking your life and the lives of those around you. Please don’t take that risk.”

As part of Operation Tonic we're asking the public to tell us about a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 if it is happening now or texting the word 'drunk' with brief details of the car, location and driver to 07400 249101 if it is not someone currently driving.

For more information about road safety please visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

Posted on Tuesday 19th December 2017
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