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Drink Drivers Warned by Police this Christmas
Monday 8th December, 2008

Drink Drivers Warned by Police this Christmas
Chief Inspector Haydn Roberts of GMP’s Traffic Network Section pictured with a crashed car and 18 unopened presents to symbolise the 18 people killed this year.

Police are urging motorists tempted to drink or take drugs and then drive this Christmas not to take the risk.

Eighteen people died on roads across Greater Manchester in drink driving incidents this year, and to reduce drink driving during the festive season, officers will be conducting spot checks of drivers at peak times and testing for alcohol and drugs.

The police and other agencies will also be supporting the Department of Transport’s THINK! Strategy, which is particularly targeting 18-29 year olds and driving home to them the impact that drink driving could have on their life.

Chief Inspector Bob Pell of Wigan Division said: “When we catch someone drink driving that is just the beginning. A person caught drink driving could lose their car, probably their job, their home, they may lose their girlfriend or boyfriend and they may even lose their liberty. Ultimately, they could take someone’s life.

“There are 18 families out there this Christmas who have lost someone during the year, either because they were drinking and then drove, or because they were killed by a drink driver. I therefore want drivers to think hard about all these consequences, because for some people drink driving seems like a good idea until these consequences become a reality. If you’re planning on having a drink, please find an alternative way to get home this Christmas.”

If you see someone drink driving this Christmas please call police on 0161 872 5050 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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