Drivers urged to play it safe over the hols


An anti-drink and drug driving campaign was launched on December 1st by the Met Police, warning people to take extra care with driving over the holiday period.


[UKPRwire, Thu Dec 04 2008] An anti-drink and drug driving campaign was launched on December 1st by the Met Police, warning people to take extra care with driving over the holiday period.

The Metís Traffic Unit, along with police officers throughout the capital, has increased measures to test people suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Besides the hand-held breath test equipment, officers will use a series of exercises (known as field impairment tests, or FITS) to detect drug use. These test the driverís coordination, balance and reactions. Any driver found to be under the influence of drink or drugs will be arrested and taken into custody, and may also lose their licence or face a fine or jail sentence.

Superintendent Michelle Husk from the Metís Traffic Unit said, "Unfortunately Christmas is a period when people are more vulnerable to the risks of drink and drug driving, which is why we are carrying out this increased enforcement and trying to raise greater awareness. Motorists need to be aware of the dangers and possible consequences when they decide to drive under the influence of drink or drugs. Their decision could be the difference between life and death."

People are being advised over the festive period to take certain measures to prevent their driving when under the influence of drugs or alcohol Ė including appointing a designated driver for the evening, who will not consumer alcohol; taking a taxi or minicab; making alternative arrangements to get home that donít involve driving. People should also be aware that they may still be over the limit the morning after drinking and have high alcohol levels in their system.

Superintendent Husk warned that "Drink and drug drivers may think it's harmless to drive home after a few drinks, but in fact, they are putting other people's lives at risk as well as their own.Ē She emphasized the devastating consequences of drink and drug driving on the lives of so many individuals and their families.

The campaign, which will last for one month, supports THINK!, the Department of Transportís high-profile campaign for road safety and the reduction of road casualties.





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