Police: Don’t risk driving ban

Library file photo dated Thursday 30 November, 2006, of a motorist stopped by police giving a breath test as the Christmas Drink Drive campaign is launched near Doncaster today. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Monday December 18, 2006. According to a recent insurance company survey, many motorists seem to be ignoring the warnings about drinking and driving. See PA Story: TRANSPORT Drink. Photo Credit should read: JOHN GILES/PA. Unique Reference No. 4189968.
Library file photo dated Thursday 30 November, 2006, of a motorist stopped by police giving a breath test as the Christmas Drink Drive campaign is launched near Doncaster today. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Monday December 18, 2006. According to a recent insurance company survey, many motorists seem to be ignoring the warnings about drinking and driving. See PA Story: TRANSPORT Drink. Photo Credit should read: JOHN GILES/PA. Unique Reference No. 4189968.

POLICE are urging motorists not to drink drive this festive season.

Throughout December, Merseyside Police will be conducting its annual drink and drug drive campaign, which will see officers out in force targeting those who put their lives and others at risk.

Officers will be paying particular attention to “hot spot” areas both at night and early in the mornings, and, where appropriate, conducting breath and drug impairment tests on any driver they suspect has consumed booze or drugs.

Chief Inspector John Hogan, head of the Roads Policing Department, said: “Our message is clear and simple - ignorance of the law will not be an excuse. Drinking alcohol, taking drugs and driving are activities that must not be put together.

“Those who sensibly choose to take a taxi home after a night out may actually still be over the limit the following morning. Knowing you are over the limit on the night is one thing, but it’s far more complicated to be sure the next day.

“Alcohol affects everyone in a different way and can remain in your system for longer than you think, which will continue to impair driving. Even the smallest amount of alcohol will affect your competence behind the wheel, your ability to judge speed and distance and will slow down your reactions.”

Chf Insp Hogan added: “Drivers who choose to ignore this message will face severe penalties with the potential loss of their job following a driving disqualification and the added implications for their families.”