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Zero tolerance to drink-driving urged

Tue, 10 Jun 2014

DRIVERS are being urged to pledge not to drink any alcohol before driving this summer as the police launches a new drink-driving campaign. The call comes from road safety charity Brake, which reports that the 2013 summer drink-driving campaign by the police breathalysed 100,892 drivers and 5170 failed the test.

This summer’s football World Cup is a cause for concern for the police as drivers may be tempted to have an alcoholic drink while watching a football match before getting into their car.

The anti-drink-drive campaign will run for a month, which includes the duration of the World Cup. It will see increased roadside alcohol and drug checks, as well as informing drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: ‘Drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads, yet every year thousands of drivers risk it. That's why it's so important that the police are out in force clamping down on this selfish behaviour, now and throughout the year.

‘However, even if you're under the limit, you can still be a danger: even very small amounts of alcohol significantly affect your judgement and reactions at the wheel. We need everyone on board with the message that motor vehicles and alcohol - in any amount - don't mix.

By Press Association reporters