Police crack down on winter drink drivers

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Two drivers in Stamford were arrested on Saturday as part of a crack-down on drink driving during the Christmas period.

The campaign, launched on December 1, is supporting the annual national December drink-drive campaign launched by the Association of Chief Police Officers which will see police forces throughout the UK working hard throughout the month to ensure the roads are kept safe for everyone.

Police reiterated the dangers of drink-driving and said they will be focusing on the consequences of drink driving, people driving the morning after a night of drinking and having designated drivers.

As part of the December crack-down there will be more officers out on the streets.

Checks will be made at random locations at any time of the day or night.

Chief Inspector Steve Potter said: “Cracking down on those who drink and then drive is a year round commitment for police. However, we are very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive after drinking.

“We would advise drivers to plan ahead by leaving the car at home, sharing a taxi or taking public transport or alternatively nominating a designated driver who will avoid drinking alcohol.”

Association of Chief Police Officers national roads policing lead, Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, said: “Drink driving is entirely avoidable, there is no excuse and no good reason.

“If you choose to drink and drive, you face a £5,000 fine, a 12 month driving ban and a criminal record − and that’s if your drive home was incident-free.

“There are obviously far greater consequences too.”