This is why police might stop your car on the road in Sheffield from today

The annual Christmas crackdown on drink driving in South Yorkshire is under way.

Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 7:15 am

It forms part of a programme of activity over the festive period aimed at trying to keep people safe.

Officers often set up checkpoints in the city over Christmas to identify drivers over the limit while behind the wheel.

South Yorkshire Police plans to highlight different strands of Christmas policing over the next few weeks, with messages about domestic violence, violent crime and sexual offences set to follow.

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The annual Christmas crackdown on drink driving is under way in South Yorkshire

There is often an increase in such offences over Christmas.

Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “As we head into December with celebrations looking very different to normal festivities, I want to reassure you that we are here for you and your families and we want everybody to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas despite the restrictions.

“After the year we have had, we know that families will want to relax and enjoy some time together, especially over the five-day period where we see the rules temporarily relaxed. My message to the people of South Yorkshire is to ensure they understand and follow the measures in place to allow us to enjoy the celebrations safely.

“Frontline officers and staff behind the scenes will be working hard over the festive period but everyone needs to play their part to protect the most vulnerable.

“Please share the messages and take on board the safety advice we will be giving you over the coming weeks. We hope you all have a happy Christmas. Please look after yourselves and each other.”