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THE States of Jersey Police are reminding Islanders not to drink and drive, with banners advertising the anti drink-drive message displayed in prominent places around the St Helier.
Although the Force is not undertaking a dedicated, festive drink-drive awareness campaign in December, drivers are reminded that road checks will continue in December as they do throughout the year. It is hoped that the banners, which have been placed outside Police Headquarters, at Springfield and at Cheapside on the ring road near People's Park, will act as a reminder to drivers that drinking and driving are not acceptable.
˜For the States of Jersey Police, road safety is a year round priority, and we would like to emphasise it isn't a seasonal message, it is continual,' said road safety officer Philip Blake.
˜Our message to people who choose to drink and drive remains the same. If you choose to do this, you will get caught. The States of Jersey Police take alleged drink driving very seriously. Remember that the consequences could be a road collision, injury, or even death, the loss of your driving licence, and possibly a fine.'
˜We are concerned that although the vast majority of local drivers are responsible, and do not drink and drive, there are people who are still choosing to do this. We reiterate our message “ do not drink and drive.'
˜We do conduct road checks all year round and would urge drivers to be aware of this. Please, if you want to drink, find another way to get home, or nominate a non-drinking driver in your group.
˜If anyone has information about suspected drink drivers, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.'
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