Will you end up in prison tonight? Police launch Christmas drink drive campaign

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‘Where will you end up tonight?’ is the question motorists are being asked by road policing officers.

Between mid-November and the New Year, officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit (BCH RPU) will be out in force targeting those under the influence of alcohol behind the wheel.

Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive – driving while over the limit can result in a large fine and a driving ban, but that’s only if your drive is incident-free.

RPU Inspector, Phil Bloor, said: “Over the past 50 years the number of road casualties caused by drink driving has fallen dramatically, however we are still seeing far too many. By drinking and driving you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road.

“The legal drink drive limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, which equates to roughly four units of alcohol for men and three for women before you are legally unfit to drive.

“Some people may think they can ‘handle’ more than this and still be fine to drive, however, the truth is that any amount of alcohol will affect your driving for the worse. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult and slows your reactions so it takes longer to stop.

“By having ‘just one more’ could be the difference between where you end up that night; a police cell, maybe a hospital bed, or worst case, a body bag – don’t take the risk of not ending up in the comfort of your own bed.

“We advise if you’re drinking, even just one, don’t drive and arrange an alternative way of getting home.”

Here in Cambridgeshirewe have a designated, confidential hotline number for members of the public to report drink drivers and those driving under the influence of drugs.

Calling 0800 032 0845, which is available 24/7, allows people to supply the force with information to help us reduce the number of drink drivers on our roads.

Insp Bloor added: “I would like to make mention of Mick George Ltd who has kindly supported our campaign and placed messaging on the tailgates of some of their vehicles.”