Whatever everyone's plans may be this Christmas, enforcing the drink and drug drive law is still a priority for our officers over the festive period. Motorists across the region are being reminded of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
There is no fool proof way of calculating how much you can drink and remain under the limit, or knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely. Any amount of alcohol or drugs can affect your ability to drive and there are numerous consequences of driving with alcohol or drugs in your system. Importantly, it is hard to calculate how long alcohol may stay in your body if you are driving the morning after. There are plenty of alternatives available with public transport, taxis and sharing designated drivers. Increased enforcement activity from police officers across West Mercia will be in place throughout December and Christmas week will be no different. Pedestrians are also being encouraged to stay safe and to plan safe routes home and to drink responsibly.
Some motorists still selfishly choose to drive under the influence of drink or drugs in the knowledge that their actions could kill or seriously injure themselves or others. Drink or drug driving is completely unacceptable at any time and catching motorists who are prepared to take such a risk is a priority for us. Patrols will be conducted over Christmas and New Year in a bid to tackle those who commit the unacceptable act of drinking or drug driving. The simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all.