Police launch Christmas drink-drive campaign

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Suffolk Police have today launched a month-long Christmas campaign aimed at driving home the message of staying sober behind the wheel.

The initiative, which will run until January 1, encourages seasonal party goers to think twice before drinking and driving on the night of their party and to designate a driver or find alternative transport instead.

Officers are also appealing to residents to use alternative transport the morning after they have been drinking as research has shown that drivers can still be over the legal limit the following day.

Chief Inspector Adrian Dawson said: “Drink-driving can have tragic consequences and I would strongly urge people not to do it. By doing so you are not only risking your own life and the lives of others but you also risk being disqualified from driving, which can impact on jobs, relationships and finances - it simply is not worth it.

“Instead take the sensible option and if you drink any alcohol make sure you nominate a designated driver or find alternative transport.”

During the campaign officers will be stepping up roadside checks and are warning motorists that they will breath-test anyone involved in a collision, however minor.

The initiative will involve officers working with partners at Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ipswich train stations in December and January to offer screening breath tests to commuters whose onward journey will include driving.

Last December, during a similar campaign, 102 motorists out of 1,118 stopped were arrested for drink-driving.

Anyone who suspects someone they know of drink-driving is asked to report them immediately to police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.