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West Mercia Police Notice


Motorists across Warwickshire and West Mercia are being reminded of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs during the festive period.

With the season of festivities under way Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are taking part in a publicity and enforcement campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink and drug driving. The topic is being highlighted across social media with the use of the ‘grey area’ social media clip highlighting the confusion over what people think is the drink drive limit. The simple conclusion being, there is no safe limit and, if driving, do not even risk it. Increased enforcement activity from police officers across both force areas is in place.

Figures indicate that, over the past 3 years 27 people were killed and 183 seriously injured in Warwickshire and West Mercia following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor. The campaign supports the month long winter drink drive campaign (starting 1st December) by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Wessell comments: “There are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and think they know how much the limit is but the simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all.

"Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. Cracking down on those who take drugs or drink and then decide to drive is a year round commitment for both Forces.

"We are very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive under the influence.

"To combat this, extra patrols will be conducted in the run up to and over Christmas and New Year in a bid to tackle those who commit the unacceptable act of drinking or drug driving."

Date: 02/12/2018

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