Drink-drive cam­paign be­gins

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

A cam­paign has been launched urg­ing peo­ple not to con­sume any al­co­hol be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel this Christ­mas.

There have been 674 crashes on the county’s roads where a driver was un­der the in­flu­ence in the last three years. In that time 17 peo­ple have died and more than 1,000 have been in­jured.

The cam­paign, sup­ported by Kent County Coun­cil and Kent Po­lice, warns peo­ple who are banned from driv­ing or re­ceive a prison sen­tence of­ten lose their jobs. It also re­it­er­ates the fi­nan­cial im­pact of fines, penalty points and in­creased in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums for those who fall foul of the law.

Po­lice will be tar­get­ing ar­eas with high in­stances of drink or drug driv­ing, and car­ry­ing out breath tests, drug swipes and field im­pair­ment tests.

Sgt Ben Bren­nan from Kent Po­lice’s Roads Polic­ing Unit said: “At this time of year we know every­one wants to go out and en­joy them­selves.

“But we ask peo­ple to do so re­spon­si­bly and to make ar­range­ments to get home safely.”

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