Christmas Drink And Drug Drive Campaign - December 2013
Merseyside Police is launching its annual Christmas drink and
drug drive campaign on Monday, 2 December and is urging people not
to risk their lives or the lives of others by driving after
indulging in drink or drugs.
Instead the message is to leave the car keys at home, designate
a non-drinking driver, take a taxi or public transport.
With an increased number of parties and celebrations in bars,
clubs, restaurants and friends' houses during the festive
period there is traditionally a spike in the number of
people prepared to drive after drinking alcohol or taking
To tackle this issue, officers will be targeting motorists who
drink or take drugs and then drive at night, as well as carrying
out enforcement in the mornings to target those still over the
legal drink drive limit or not fit to drive through taking illegal
substances. Officers will be out in force throughout the month and
will be paying particular attention to the night time
economy and hot spot areas.
Chief Inspector John Hogan said: "Every year throughout
Merseyside and the rest of the UK, people are affected by the
consequences of drink and drug driving.
"Nationally 280 people were killed in drink drive incidents last
year, an increase of 17 per cent from 2011, which is particularly
alarming. What often goes unseen is the effect that a drink or drug
drive conviction has on an individual - putting aside a possible
prison sentence, drivers also face a criminal record, potential job
and income loss as well as impact upon families and
Chief Inspector Hogan added: "Merseyside Police is one of the
most proactive police forces in UK in detectives drug impaired
drivers. We are not just talking about illegal drugs, as
prescription medication may also affect a person's driving if they
do not following the instructions. Slower reactions, poor judgment
of speed and distance and reduced co-ordination and concentration
can all be caused by taking drugs and drinking alcohol. Our message
is simple, leave the car at home.
"This Christmas, Merseyside Police officers will be more visible
that ever, conducting many thousands of breath tests and impairment
"We want people to enjoy the festive period for the right
reasons. A drink or drug drive conviction can be life changing
- not just for the driver but their families."