Drink Driving – It’s not worth the risk

On Thursday 1 December, the States of Jersey Police launched their Anti-Drink Drive Campaign, raising awareness of the dangers and consequences of drink-driving. The campaign mirrors the UK National Drink Driving campaign and is in conjunction with the National Police Chief’s Council and TISPOL (European Traffic Police Network).

Officers along with Honorary colleagues will be carrying out extra patrols and roadside checks across the island during December, to tackle drivers who have been drinking and risk driving either that same day, or the morning after.

So far in 2022, 55 drivers have been prosecuted for drink driving locally, with over 30 cases still under investigation having not yet reached court, 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.

Inspector Callum O’Connor, Roads Policing lead said: “Drink driving can have a devastating impact on lives and the festive period is the opportune time to get this message out. People will be out at Christmas parties, work events and enjoying this time celebrating with friends and family and need to be reminded of the consequences, should they choose to drink and drive.

“Think how being caught drink driving could affect your life; driving to work, childcare arrangements or the school run, socialising and family visits. The impact of losing your licence is enormous, not only would you face a heavy fine, but worse still, you could injure or kill yourself or someone else. It’s never OK to drink and drive, it’s just not worth the risk.”

It’s always a good idea to plan ahead when arranging 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 these campaigns by providing the police with information on drivers who choose to drink and get behind the wheel. If you know 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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