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Police are reminding road users about the dangers of drink and drug driving during the Christmas period.


A national festive drink drive campaign will run over the next couple of weeks with the aim to reduce the number of people driving under the influence.


It hopes to reduce the number of casualties on the roads.

Divisional road policing inspector, Gus Stewart, said: "During this period I would urge people to plan their travel ahead of their festivities beginning so that the need or temptation to drive whilst under the influence is removed.


“As part of that I would also ask that they consider any journeys they plan to make the following day, taking into consideration the period of time alcohol remains in a person’s body the “morning after.”


He pointed out: “If you are caught over the limit you will be arrested, you risk losing your driving licence, having your vehicle seized and facing the consequence that may have on your family.

“Don’t let alcohol or drugs ruin your own or anybody else’s festive season.”

Police officers will be carrying out stop checks throughout islands as well as high profile mobile patrols throughout the duration of the campaign.


He highlighted offenders are often caught by people phoning in tip-offs to police.


He added: “Please enjoy yourself during the festive period, and if you are going to drive my advice is do not drink any alcohol.”




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