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Drink Driving – It’s Not The Usual Suspects

On Wednesday 18th December, the States of Jersey Police and Honorary Police launch their Christmas Anti-Drink Drive Campaign, reminding us all to think about the consequences of drink-driving during a period of heightened risk and temptation. 

Both forces will be out this Christmas conducting road checks all over the island to help keep the community safe.

Police are reminding people that it is not always the usual suspects who drink drive over the festive period through the 'Not The Usual Suspects' campaign, a concept originally used by West Yorkshire Police.

No matter what background you come from, what gender or ethnicity you are, whether you have a family or a professional career, the simple fact is that drink driving could have severe consequences on your job and your family.

If you’re caught, you face a heavy fine and driving ban, not to mention the devastating impact on those involved and their families if someone is injured as a result of a collision.

So far in 2019, there have been 143 drivers prosecuted for drink driving in Jersey, so the message needs to be repeatedly pushed that getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol is not acceptable. Alcohol affects everybody’s ability to drive safely and it simply isn’t worth the risk.

Acting Chief Inspector Craig Jackson said: “Campaigns such as this have for many years highlighted the irresponsible nature of drinking and driving and it is frustrating and disappointing that drivers are still being dealt with for this offence. It’s never okay to drink and drive, it’s simply not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit. With the Christmas period of goodwill upon us please consider the effect of your decisions on others and yourself.

“Think ahead when planning your night out. Order a taxi, get a bus, arrange a lift with a designated driver, but also remember to think about the next morning. Whether you’re dropping the children at school, driving to work or going shopping you could still be under the influence of alcohol without realising it.”

Previously the public have strongly supported the campaigns by providing the police with information on drivers who choose to drink and get behind the wheel. If a drink driver is behind the wheel ring 999. For all other information please call 612612 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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