Drink-drivers to get the red card

Published: 21 Jun 2014 12:300 comments

MOTORISTS are being urged not to drink and drive during the World Cup.

Police are warning fans to be careful how much they drink – particularly those who have to drive to work the morning after.

As part of their ‘watch your game’ campaign, Thames Valley Police is reminding people of the dangers of drink-driving – both the morning after as well as the night before.

Lucy Hutson, head of roads policing for Thames Valley and Hampshire, said: “Our message is simple: ‘don’t drink and drive’.

“It’s simply not worth the risk. Drinking late into the evening and then getting up early for work is not a good combination; just because you’ve had a few hours’ sleep doesn’t mean all the alcohol has left your system, and you could still be driving to work over the limit.

“With the World Cup taking place lots of us will be watching a match while drinking a few beers and the temptation to drive yourself home can be high, but it is just not worth a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban

and even losing your job.”

The ‘watch your game’ campaign is part of an anti-drink-driving crusade and police will be conducting drink/drug operations at all times throughout the day and night for the remainder of the month.

Ch Insp Hutson said: “We’re often asked how much you can drink before you are over the limit. Any amount of alcohol affects your coordination and judgment. The simplest and safest option for everyone is simply not to

drink if you plan to drive.”

She added every driver involved in a collision will also be breathalysed as a matter of course.

She said: “As well as aiming to reduce the number of people who are killed or injured as a result of drink-driving, we would also like to remind motorists that receiving a conviction for drink or drug driving could ruin their lives.”

Police are also calling for residents to call them if they suspect anyone they know is driving after drinking or taking drugs.

You can call the police and report them on 101 or, if it is an emergency dial 999.

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