Drink-drive warn­ing

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - EYE HEALTH -

PO­LICE will be nam­ing ev­ery drinkdriver caught in De­cem­ber across Der­byshire.

Of­fi­cers hope nam­ing and sham­ing of­fend­ers will de­ter mo­torists from driving home un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol af­ter Christ­mas par­ties.

Driv­ers caught hav­ing taken drugs will also be tar­geted. In­spec­tor Justin Brown, who leads Der­byshire’s roads polic­ing unit, said: “Our mes­sage is simple. If you are hav­ing even one drink, do not drive. If you take drugs, don’t drive.

“You don’t know how al­co­hol or con­trolled sub­stances will af­fect your abil­ity to re­act on the road.

“And to those who still think they are above the law and are happy to take the risk, please re­mem­ber: we are look­ing for you, we will find you – and we will put you be­fore the courts.

“You’ll face higher in­sur­ance and the pos­si­ble loss of your li­cence, job – even your life and those of in­no­cent peo­ple. Is it worth it?”

Matt Pickard, from the Derby and Der­byshire Road Safety Part­ner­ship, added: “At this time of the year it’s es­pe­cially im­por­tant not to take chances.”

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