Police launch festive drink-driving campaignBy Hugh Fort
November 30, 2012
People looking forward to having a tipple or two this festive season are warned for the dangers of getting behind the wheel while drunk as Thames Valley Police launches its annual Christmas drink driving crackdown.
Last year officers from around the force and in Hampshire breathlysed 7.720 drivers, of which 2,227 were from Berkshire, and are urging people to be safe over the period.
Chief Inspector Henry Parsons of Roads Policing for Thames Valley Police, said: “We are asking the public to be safe rather than sorry.
"Collisions involving alcohol or drugs not only devastate the lives of victims and their families, they also ruin the lives of offenders, who could face a lengthy driving ban or imprisonment.
"As well as having to live with the lifelong guilt of having killed or injured someone through their reckless behaviour, offenders could also lose their job, home and their livelihood.
“If you are going out and know you will be drinking, organise alternative transport or a designated driver to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the festive period safely.”
In 2011 164 people in the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight were involved in serious collisions where alcohol was involved.
Of those 144 were seriously injured and 20 died.
Of the 2,227 people breathlysed in Berkshire, 120 were arrested.