Drivers warned of dangers of drink and drug driving - The Evesham Observer

Drivers warned of dangers of drink and drug driving

Evesham Editorial 7th Dec, 2018   0

WEST Mercia Police have launched a major campaign for the festive period warning motorists against drink / drugs driving.

As well as a major publicity push the initiative will also see increased enforcement across the region to drive the message home.

Key to it is the message that there is no foolproof way a driver can calculate how much they can drink and remain under the limit, or know how much they can drink and still drive safely.

It is also very difficult to calculate how long alcohol may stay in the body if someone is gettign behind the wheel the morning after with the safest option being to drink no alcohol at all or use public transport or taxis or choose a designated driver.

Police are also urging people out on the streets and walking to plan safe routes home and to drink responsibly.

Over the past three years 17 people have been killed and 103 seriously injured in West Mercia following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.

The campaign supports the month long winter drink drive campaign by the National Police Chiefs Council.

Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans for West Mercia Police said: “There are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and think they know how much the limit is.

“Cracking down on those who take drugs or drink and then decide to drive is a year round commitment for us.

However, we are very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive under the influence.

“To combat this, extra patrols will be conducted in the run up to and over Christmas and New Year in a bid to tackle those who commit the unacceptable act of drinking or drug driving.

“The simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all.”

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