Police launch Christmas drink-drive campaign

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Police will be taking extra steps to catch anyone drinking and driving this festive season.

Norfolk and Suffolk police will be working together to provide a visible presence day and night, seven days a week, as festive celebrations begin.

Assistant Chief Constable, Charlie Hall, said: “There will be nowhere for drink drivers to hide this Christmas and New Year, and no excuses.

“Officers will be on patrol in both counties from Saturday December 1 onwards, with the specific tasking to stop any driver who causes them concern, whether it be as a result of their manner of driving or because their car has a defect. They will then carry out a breath test as appropriate. All drivers involved in collisions will also be tested.”

During last year’s Christmas drink-drive campaign, 5958 drivers were breath tested, of which 185 tested positive.

Mr Hall said: “Whilst this is only three percent of drivers tested who were over the limit, each one found guilty will have received a criminal record that will affect their job prospects for the rest of their lives, a driving ban and a fine or custodial sentence.

“Some will have been injured in collisions they caused when drunk, or may have injured others as a result of drinking and driving.

“There are plenty of safe ways to get home after your celebrations – take a taxi or other public transport, or have a designated driver who only has soft drinks on your night out, as promoted this Christmas by Suffolk Roadsafe. Even the day after you may still have enough alcohol in your system to put you over the limit – consider this before getting into your car to drive to work the next day, and take a day off or get a lift in.”