Police warning ahead of drink drive campaign

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POLICE are again warning motorists of the dangers of drink driving - reminding them that they could shatter lives over the festive season if they crash and kill somebody.

Today’s warning comes the day before a month-long crackdown on drink driving gets underway on South Yorkshire’s roads.

Last year 280 people were killed in drink drive collisions - 15 per cent of all road fatalities in the country.

Police officers will be breathalysing motorists involved in crashes or if they suspect that motorists are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Officers will also be conducting roadside breathalyser checks.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, head of roads policing in South Yorkshire, said: “Christmas is the time when families get together and everyone should play their part in not destroying the happiness that brings.

“Drink driving causes collisions and kills people.

“It is an all year round issue that takes on a special relevance and poignancy at this time of year.

“South Yorkshire Police will conduct roadside tests at various times throughout the day at a number of locations, not just at pub closing times.

“If you have been out drinking at night you must be aware that you could still be over the limit the morning afterwards and may still not be in full control of your car.”
■ Report drink drivers by calling 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.