Police blitz on drink driving in South Yorkshire

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne
Chief Inspector Stuart Walne
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A month-long police blitz on drink driving is under way in South Yorkshire - coinciding with the World Cup.

Officers will be out in force carrying out roadside checks at all times of the day and night hoping to deter motorists from getting behind the wheel after a drink.

Police chiefs are urging football fans to book a taxi or get a lift home if they are planning to drink while watching World Cup games later this month.

They are also warning that motorists could be caught still over the limit the morning after a game.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, Head of Roads Traffic Policing at South Yorkshire Police, said: “The World Cup is a celebration. Late kick offs, longer opening times and mid week games could increase the risk of still being over the limit the following morning on your way to work or the school run.

“Your driving will still be impaired and the consequences are just the same.

“Prevention is better than cure. If you know a driver has been drinking and is about to or has driven, you can report them to South Yorkshire Police.”

Ken Wheat, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership Manager, said: “Drinking and driving is very dangerous. Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your reaction times and hence your driving.

“It is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit, so it’s better not to drink at all.

“Drinking and driving is not worth the risk. Being caught could result in being banned from driving, having points on your licence, a fine of up to £5,000, even imprisonment.

“This will mean increased insurance costs, loss of independence if you are banned, even the loss of your job if you are unable to drive. All this, on top of the shame of having a criminal record.”

England’s ‘group matches’ are scheduled for Saturday, June 14 at 11pm; Thursday, June 19 at 8pm and Tuesday, June 25 at 5pm.