Drink-drive campaign begins
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.”