Vi­ral Man­nequin Chal­lenge bid to cut drink driv­ing

Met Po­lice used so­cial me­dia trend

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Lois Swin­ner­ton lois.swin­ner­ton@trin­i­tymir­

CHRIST­MAS is a time where many of us overindulge in food and drink, but as the fes­tive pe­riod be­gins, the Met Po­lice want to re­mind mo­torists to think be­fore they get be­hind the wheel.

The force has launched a so­cial me­dia cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated.

Us­ing the vi­ral Man­nequin Chal­lenge video for­mat, the Met’s video fea­tures a fic­tional scene of an ac­ci­dent caused by some­one who was drink driv­ing.

Two con­sta­bles from Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham cre­ated the video, il­lus­trat­ing the dan­gers of be­ing over the limit, as well as re­mind­ing mo­torists to be aware of driv­ing after drink­ing the night be­fore.

The film de­picts char­ac­ters from the emer­gency ser­vices, those in­volved in the car ac­ci­dent and wit­nesses, frozen in a se­ries of sce­nar­ios fol­low­ing a col­li­sion as a re­sult of drink driv­ing.

“Our man­nequin chal­lenge is sim­ple but hard hit­ting and il­lus­trates the con­se­quences of driv­ing when in­tox­i­cated,” said com­man­der Neil Jerome, from the Met’s Ter­ri­to­rial Polic­ing Com­mand. Any­one who drives a ve­hi­cle when they are over the pre­scribed limit of drink and/or drugs, le­gal or il­le­gal, is not only break­ing the law but poses an un­ac­cept­able risk to them­selves, their pas­sen­gers and other road users.”

Through­out De­cem­ber, the force will sup­port the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs Coun­cil’s na­tional drink and drug driv­ing cam­paign with Roads and Trans­port Polic­ing Com­mand out tack­ling drink and drug driv­ers. Of­fi­cers will be on the look out for mo­torists who pose a risk to them­selves or other road users and will be ad­min­is­ter­ing breath tests or tak­ing saliva sam­ples.

Mo­torists are be­ing ad­vised that any amount of al­co­hol or drugs in your sys­tem can driv­ing abil­ity.

This in­cludes pre­scrip­tion drugs and over-the-counter med­i­ca­tion.

If you are caught driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence you can face af­fect se­ri­ous penal­ties in­clud­ing a 12-month driv­ing ban, points on your li­cense and jail.

Com­man­der Jerome said: “The Met is tak­ing pos­i­tive ac­tion dur­ing this cam­paign and at all times, to catch those who break the law in this way and bring of­fend­ers to jus­tice.

“We will be pro-ac­tively pa­trolling to stop, ar­rest and con­vict those found to be over the pre­scribed limit.

“So our mes­sage clear: Don’t do it!” is

JUST STOP: Met Po­lice are us­ing the so­cial me­dia trend­ing Man­nequin Chal­lenge in a bid to ap­peal to mo­torists not to drink and drive this Christ­mas and New Year

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