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So far, the Roads Policing officers have already arrested more than 50 people for drink driving and more than 80 people for drug driving.
Last year, 322 people were arrested for these offences.
Paul Mountford, Casualty Reduction Officer with the Safer Roads Unit said: “It’s astonishing that people continue to take such risks at this or any time of year, which is why it is so important to keep proactively targeting those who endanger the lives of others with their thoughtless, reckless behaviour.
“Already this year, we have seen men and women who work in a variety of professions, including education and self-employed tradespeople, arrested and facing prosecution, job loss and financial penalties.
“For those who think they aren’t likely to affect others I would give this example. Last Friday night at 8.25pm, a passing car was in collision with a 5-year-old boy crossing the road in the Old Swan area. A 55-year-old man was detained and found to be under the influence of alcohol, and is now under investigation.
“Your driving will be impaired by alcohol and drugs, it’s as simple as that. I want to urge everyone to take on board our simple message this Christmas – avoid alcohol if you are driving, and if in doubt the morning after, do not drive. Don’t risk it. The consequences of being caught can be long-lasting and life-changing.
“We are vigilant in tackling drink and drug driving throughout the year, not just over the festive period and I would like to remind road users that any driver involved in a road traffic collision, or who commits a traffic offence, can expect to be breathalysed and may have to complete an impairment test.
“Think for a minute about the effects a drink or drug driving conviction will have on you and your family, the shame and ruin that it can and does bring.
“Do not think that you won’t get caught. Our officers conduct roadsides tests morning, afternoon and evening and we arrest countless drivers every month throughout the year. Don’t chance it – if you’re driving, it’s better to have none for the road.”
If you suspect someone you know is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, do the right thing and contact us @MerPolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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