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Thames Valley Police warns motorists not to drink and drive as part of a summer crackdown

Published: 30 May 2014 12:30

POLICE are warning motorists to make sure they are safe to drive the morning after a night out as part of a crackdown on drink driving this summer.

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Thames Valley Police have teamed up with forces in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to launch the “Is it Worth the Risk?” campaign that will not only target late night drivers but morning motorists too.

The crackdown is part of a national anti-drink driving campaign which begins on Monday where officers will be conducting drink and drug tests on motorists throughout the day and night.

Superintendent Lucy Hutson, head of roads policing for the Thames Valley and Hampshire, said that extra patrols will be on the streets and warned motorists that a drink driving conviction can ruin lives.

She added: “Is it worth the risk? The answer is simple, no it isn’t.

“After just four pints of lager, you may not be safe to drive for up to 13 hours, so whether you are drinking in the afternoon at a summer barbecue, drinking while you watch a World Cup football game or going out for a few drinks in the evening, make sure you are safe to drive.

“If you are caught drink driving you could face a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and could even lose your job.”

The campaign aims to reduce the number of people killed or injured by drink driving and Supt Hutson stressed all motorists involved in collisions will be breathalysed.

Last year 85 people were killed or seriously injured in the Thames Valley in smashes where a person was impaired by alcohol, which is one-in-11 of the 927 people injured or killed during collisions in 2013.

Police are warning motorists that drink driving is a criminal offence which can lead to a driving ban, court appearance, criminal conviction and potentially a jail sentence.

But police are also reminding motorists that having a criminal a conviction:

* Can increase insurance premiums and make it difficult to get other forms of insurance

* Must be declared when applying for a mortgage

* Can stop travellers from being allowed into America

* Can get students into trouble with their university or college and lying about a conviction to an employer is fraud and can lead to further convictions

* Can be classified as gross misconduct and can cost employees their jobs

* Can make it difficult to get future employment

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