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Lincolnshire Police launch campaign against drink driving over Christmas




Lincolnshire Police are warning people not to risk lives by drink or drug driving.

December will once again see a significant increase in the targeting of drink and drug drivers by officers across the county.

The county force says it is regrettable that drivers, who clearly know the law in relation to drinking alcohol and driving, still risk not only their lives but those of innocent members of the public by getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or using controlled drugs.

Drink and drug drivers are 23 per cent more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than other drivers.

December sees Lincolnshire Police holding various educational awareness events across Lincolnshire to inform and educate people about the dangers, risks and consequences of drink and drug driving.

There will also be significant targeting of motorists to deter and catch those irresponsible drivers who consciously make the decision to drive when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Inspector Ewan Gell from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "It’s nearly Christmas and a time of goodwill to all. So, if you have a Christmas party or simply a friendly drink after work to celebrate the end of the year, plan your journey home appropriately. Do not be tempted to drive if you’ve had a drink, because even a little alcohol can have a massive effect on your ability to stay safe and assess risks properly.

"Weigh this up, £20 for a taxi or the possibility of 14 years in jail if you kill someone, I know where my money is going.

"Lincolnshire police will be patrolling as they do every year looking for drink and drug drivers, they are very skilled at this.

"Don’t ruin someone else’s life or your own for the sake of a few drinks.

"Please stay safe this festive season."

Offenders will be caught, arrested and charged to court where they can expect a minimum of 12 months disqualification from driving, significant fine or even imprisonment.

Drivers need to understand the consequences of drink or drug driving and the impact it can have on other areas of their lives. Once a person has been caught, prosecuted and is banned from driving it can affect their employment, increase their insurance premium and affect their family life.

So often drivers have decided to take the risk of driving rather than to walk, get a lift or call a taxi. Some people spend significant amounts of money on a night out drinking but won’t pay the relatively small price in comparison for a taxi home at the end of the night.

Members of the public will see our officers conducting road checks and stop checks whilst on patrol looking for drink drivers and we would also ask members of the public for their help by reporting suspected drink drivers to our control room.

John Siddle, of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said: "We would remind all drivers of their responsibility when driving, to drive a motor vehicle whilst impaired through drink or drugs puts everyone at risk. We all have an expectation to arrive home safely and too many families have had their lives blighted by the spectre of drink and drug drivers, for those that survive, their lives are often changed forever.

"The offending driver will have their life devastated too, loss of liberty, job, income and the stress placed on families all take a toll. For one person to make a poor decision and the far reaching effects will change the course of life, so plan ahead, make provision to get home, call a friend or relative to get you home safely or just pay for that taxi. Think! Is it worth risking yours and others lives?"

For more information on penalties go to https://www.gov.uk/drink-driving-penalties

To report a drink or drug driver call 101. In an emergency call 999.



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