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Drink Driving Campaign

What do you want for Christmas this year? 

A driving disqualification? Causing serious injury to yourself or others?

Those are the questions that the States of Jersey Police and the Honorary Police are asking this year as part of its annual Drink Drive campaign.

The campaign which launches on December 1st aims to get islanders thinking about the consequences of their actions.

Between 2011 and 2014 the number of drivers arrested for drinking and driving during the festive period has almost halved, from 20 arrested in 2011 to 12 in 2014. Overall drink drive figures are also decreasing from an annual figure of 217 in 2011 to 144 in 2014.

High profile campaigns have for many years highlighted the irresponsible nature of drinking and driving.

Inspector Paul Smith, lead for the Drink Drive campaign, said: “If you’re caught you face a heavy fine and driving ban, or even worse hurting yourself or others in a collision. Alcohol is a depressant tending to make you feel over-confident, slowing down the brain and affecting the body’s responses. Why would anyone think it safe, or fair to gamble with the lives of others? No one has the right to put our families and friends at risk by mixing alcohol or drugs with driving.”

Provisional estimates for Great Britain suggest that between 230 and 290 people are killed annually in road crashes where at least one driver was over the drink drive limit. Locally one person is seriously injured every week as a result of a road traffic collision and 16 per cent of all road deaths in Great Britain are alcohol related (drinkaware.co.uk).

Inspector Smith continued: “The States of Jersey Police and our Honorary colleagues will be out in force this Christmas conducting road checks all over the island, keeping your community safe.

We cannot achieve this alone, we need your help, please provide information on those who choose to drink and drive, putting us all at risk by calling us on 612612 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Drink driving is not acceptable in our society and we all play a part in stopping it.”

 

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