As we approach the pre-Christmas party season please plan your journey home and do not be tempted to have ‘one for the road’.
We repeat the message every year but we still find drivers willing to risk their own lives and the lives of others by drinking and driving. Drink driving is a cause of many deaths and serious injuries on our roads, with this time of year being a time when people may chance it. Please don’t! Apart from the human cost of drink driving, those caught will face fines, driving bans and possibly prison.
Just over the limit is still over the limit! We often get asked how much you can drink and not be over the limit….unfortunately there is no answer as the same amount of alcohol one day may place you over the limit but on another day it may not. It depends upon a number of variables which are different from person to person. The easy solution is not to drink alcohol if you intend to drive as even a small alcoholic drink can impair your ability to drive.
If you are drinking into the late evening, again be aware that it can take many hours for alcohol to leave your system; it has been known for it to take up to 16 hours after stopping drinking for alcohol levels to fall back under the drink drive limit.
Our annual Christmas drink driving campaign is now in operation and will see officers breathalysing motorists in a bid to prevent deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Additional patrols are being carried out and we will be stopping motorcycles, cars, vans and lorries where concerns are raised over the manner of driving or the condition of the vehicle, and we will be testing anyone involved in a collision.
Please address this issue with friends and relatives who may be considering having a drink and then driving and make sure they are aware of the possible consequences to their actions.
If you think someone who has been drinking is about to get into a vehicle and drive then please call police on 999 so officers can be dispatched to the scene immediately. If you know someone who regularly drink drives and want to pass on the information anonymously you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For further safety and crime prevention advice for your neighbourhood please visit www.norfolk.police.uk
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You can contact us on 101 or if you think a crime is actually in progress then please always dial 999.
Chief Inspector Michael Britton