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“Don’t destroy the lives of others this Christmas,” urges Commissioner

IF YOU are out celebrating over the festive period and drinking alcohol late into the evening, don’t forget you could still be over the limit when you wake up. That’s the message from Police and Crime Commissioner, Darryl Preston.

Darryl is supporting Cambridgeshire Constabulary to carry out highly visible ‘morning after’ roadside checks throughout December as part of a campaign to educate drivers and catch those who refuse to heed the warnings. 

The additional patrols are part of the Vision Zero Partnership’s ambition to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads and are funded by the Commissioner. He said: “As a former officer, I understand only too well the devastation caused by drink driving. Having to tell families that they have lost loved ones because someone got behind the wheel of a car while still under the influence was, for me, the hardest job in policing.

“This Christmas I am urging everyone to think about the consequences of drink driving. My message is clear: don’t drink and drive.”

PC Jon Morris, Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Casualty Reduction Officer, said: “Whether you stay at home or go out to celebrate Christmas this year, remember that alcohol takes time to leave your system and you may still be over the drink drive limit the following morning.”

While alcohol effects everyone differently, on average, it is removed from the body at the rate of about one unit an hour. * This means if someone drinks eight pints of ordinary strength beer and stops drinking at midnight, then the alcohol will not be dispelled from their body (and it would not be safe to drive) until about 4 pm the following day.

“Before you get behind the wheel please think – is it really worth the risk?” added Jon.

“Most people act responsibly when going out and either have designated driver or use public transport or a taxi to get home,” said Matt Staton from the Vision Zero Partnership, “we are asking people to remember this responsible planning is just as important for the following day, particularly if you are out very late or drinking heavily.”

Last year the county established a local Vision Zero Partnership Strategy which houses one simple ambition, that no human being should be killed or seriously injured as the result of a road collision.