Christmas message of zero-toleranceBy Becky Barnes
December 13, 2012
Landlords united with police to spread a zero-tolerance message for drugs and drink-driving in borough around Christmas.
Members of Bracknell’s Pub and Drug Watch group backed Thames Valley Police’s Christmas anti-drink-drive campaign at their meeting on Tuesday.
Simon Cottee, chairman of the group, which meets monthly, said: “We are a joint task force with police, working together to reduce anti-social behaviour and drugs use.”
The 65 landlords from Bracknell, Ascot, Crowthorne and Sandhurst subscribe to a ‘banned from one, banned for all’ policy, which sees anyone caught dealing or taking drugs named and shamed and banned from all borough pubs and bars.
This month they are focusing on Thames Valley Police’s ‘Don’t get smashed, grab a cab’ Christmas campaign to slash drink-driving offences. Supt Chris Brown said: “Drinking and driving wrecks lives, most obviously the hundreds of victims and their loved ones who are killed each year.
“But it also changes the lives of the people who are selfish or stupid enough to drive when they are not fit to do so.
“Even if you don’t have a crash and we catch you driving when you are over the limit, you will find yourself in a cell with enough time to contemplate the next 12 months without your driving licence.”
Insp Jon Goosey, deputy commander for Bracknell LPA added: “Pub Watch is a great initiative as it means everyone can work together to ensure drinking in licensed premises in Bracknell remains enjoyable.”