POLICE forces will be focusing on younger drivers and those who will be staying up late to watch World Cup matches in a national anti-drink and drug driving campaign.
The campaign, coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers, launched this weekend and runs until the end of June.
This year, with public venues broadcasting late night World Cup matches, the temptation to drive home or to drive the following morning after drinking late into the night might be high, but National Policing Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, is clear that there will be no tolerance of those caught driving under the influence.
She said: “Thousands of people will be celebrating the World Cup here in the UK, and we want people to have a good time and enjoy an action-packed event that we only see every four years, but that is not an excuse to take a risk and get behind the wheel while you are over the limit.
“The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before so if you have been drinking into the night, there is a strong chance that you may not be fit to drive the morning after, and no amount of cold showers or black coffee will change that.”
On average, it takes an hour to process a single unit of alcohol starting from one hour after you first consume alcohol, so if you have three 250ml glasses of wine, you’re probably looking at nine hours or so before you’re sober – and even then it’s not an exact science as everyone’s metabolism is different.
Officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) will be stopping vehicles throughout the month to conduct drink drive checks.
RPU Sergeant Chris Huggins said: “If you choose to drink and drive you face a £5,000 fine, a 12-month driving ban and a criminal record – and that’s if your drive home was incident-free.
“People are still killed and injured and families devastated by drink and drug-driving so I am appealing to all drivers, do not drive under the influence, because we will spot you and we will penalise you.”
During the month-long campaign, @CambsCops will be tweeting anti-drink and drug driving messages, while @PoliceChiefs (ACPO) will be tweeting myth-busting messages about the effects of alcohol.