Don’t get caught out in the morning, police chief warns drivers

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A police chief is calling on drivers in Norfolk and Suffolk not be to be caught out the morning after a night of heavy drinking over the festive period.

More than 3,500 drivers have been breath tested in the two counties since this year’s drink drive campaign was launched on December 1.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of roads policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, called on motorists to plan ahead and leave their cars at home when celebrating.

Mr Spinks said: “With the big day fast approaching people will be heading out, visiting family and friends and enjoying a drink.

“While many people will make plans for their journeys on the night, it is also important to consider ‘the morning after’ because although you may not have had a drink for several hours, you could still be over the limit if it was a heavy night.”

Mr Spinks warned that several drivers tested had blown close to the legal limit in the morning and admitted to drinking the night before. He urged people to think about the consequences of drink driving before they get behind the wheel.

“You will almost certainly lose your driving licence which can in turn impact heavily on you work and social life and a criminal conviction is a gift no one wants this Christmas,” he said.