Police launch their Christmas drink-drive campaign

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POLICE have issued advice to drivers to think about how much they have drunk before they get behind the wheel.

The message came as Warwickshire Police launched their annual drink-drive campaign, which starts today (Thursday) and will run until January 1.

Officers say they want people to really understand the legal drink drive limit and for motorists to think about how much they’ve had before they get in their car.

Sergeant Kate Jackson said: “If you are going out and drinking - don’t drive. Make alternative arrangements to get home. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive.”

As part of the crackdown, police are planning to test even more drivers than the 3,400 breathalysed during December last year.

Breath tests will be carried out on all drivers involved in accidents and all carrying out offences or suspected of drinking.

Officers will also be carrying out speed checks and winter driving safety checks concentrating on vehicle lighting and tyres and talking to drivers of the risks of drink driving. The checks will be made at random locations at any time of the day or night.

Sgt Jackson said: “We want to reduce death and injury on Warwickshire roads caused by drink driving.

“Often it is an innocent person who dies. Road collisions cause a tremendous heartache to families.”

According to statistics in Warwickshire, four times as many people are killed in road accidents than are killed as a result of murder of manslaughter.

Last year 25 people died and another 274 people were seriously injured in collisions on roads in Warwickshire.

Cllr Richard Hobbs, from Warwickshire County Council, which is working with police on the campaign, said: “There are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and think they know how much the limit.

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