As the party season begins, Police warn “don’t destroy lives forever”

Traffic Police making enquiries

Don’t destroy lives forever, warn Bedfordshire Police as they launch their month-long drink and drive campaign over the festive season

Drivers are being reminded that officers will be on patrol and carrying out roadside checks due to the serious consequences of drink or drug driving.

They’re also reminding drivers that if they go out or stay at home to celebrate, they may not realise they are still over the limit if they drive the next day.

“We understand that after the difficulties and disappointment of not being able to celebrate Christmas with friends and family last year, some people will want to make the most of festivities this year,” said inspector Ed Finn, from the force’s North Community Policing team.

“But,” he adds, “we are urging you to keep safe and not put lives and livelihoods at risk by driving under the influences of drink or drugs.”

Drinking or drug-taking impairs reaction times and the ability to think clearly.

As a result, motorists who drive are under the influence are more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal collision.

“It is important to remember that alcohol takes time to leave your system and it is very difficult to know exactly how much alcohol has been consumed and how long it will take to leave your bloodstream,” continued inspector Finn.

“You may still be over the drink-drive limit the following morning. Drink and drug driving destroys lives, the ripple effects are far-reaching and it is something that can be completely avoided.

“We will have additional officers out on patrol during the festive period focussing on road safety and if we catch you driving under the influence, we will prosecute you.”

Bedfordshire officers will be supporting their colleagues in the Roads Policing Unit on operations and patrols throughout the month.

To report an incident of drink or drug driving, call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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