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Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Campaign Launched in Thames Valley 2020

Alert message sent 04/12/2020 18:02:00

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Thames Valley Police has launched its Christmas drink and drug driving campaign.
The beginning of December marked the start of education and enforcement activity throughout the festive period aimed at tackling drink and drug driving.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs is a major contributory factor that will increase the chances of you and others being seriously or fatally injured, in a road traffic collision.

During last year’s operation, of the 1,049 breath tests carried out, 67 were positive results and from the 80 drug wipes carried out, 44 were positive.

Even the smallest amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can impair your ability to drive and in the most serious cases, it could result in families facing Christmas and the future without their loved ones!

This year, with the restrictions imposed by the Government as a result of the pandemic, it is important that if you drink at home it is done sensibly and responsibly. In licensed premises such as pubs and restaurants, they serve measured amounts of alcohol. However, at home it is unlikely that you measure exactly how much alcohol you pour into a glass.

Therefore, it is crucial to think about the morning after. It can take hours for alcohol to leave your system after drinking, so the next morning it still may not be safe for you to drive.

Additionally, some drugs can stay in your system for a considerable amount of time too. 
Thames Valley Police is urging people to plan only necessary journeys during the festive season and to think about how they are going to get home …and the effects alcohol and drugs will have on those journeys.

Our message is simple: Don’t drink or drug drive – It’s not worth the risk!

If you know of anyone who is drink or drug driving call 999 in an emergency, 101 with information or report via Crimestoppers.
Message sent by
Christine Lyle (Police, Neighbourhood Admin, West Oxfordshire)

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