Drunk driver issues Easter warning

By KRYSTEN BOOTHbooth@gladstoneobserver.com.au

'I DIDN'T think it would happen to me but it did.'

That was the warning from 20-year-old Jay Harvey who was almost killed when he had a car accident on Easter Monday last year.

Jay yesterday decided to speak publicly about his experience to warn others about the dangers of drink driving and speeding during the holiday period.

Gladstone police have already launched their Easter Road Safety Campaign in an attempt to prevent any accidents this weekend.

Jay spent a week in intensive care and a month in hospital after his car crashed on the Dawson Highway after a drinking binge.

He died on the way to hospital but was revived and later suffered swelling on the brain.

'I'm really lucky to be here,' Jay said. 'By all rights I probably shouldn't be.'

Jay knows he brought the situation upon himself. He was later convicted of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .086 per cent.

Some witnesses to the accident said he was travelling in excess of 150kph in a 60kph zone.

His $18,000 car was written off, he was later fined $3000 and had his licence suspended for four years.

Jay said he hoped his experience would deter others from disregarding the rules on drink driving and speeding.

'You see the ads (sic) and signs and just think it won't happen to me but it did,' he said.

'I know what I did was stupid and in the end I was lucky.'



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