Driving this Christmas? Steering completely clear of alcohol is the safest option for everyone.
Throughout December Devon and Cornwall Police will be making sure that the region’s roads are a safe place for everyone.
Any drivers involved in a collision and any motorists whose driving may lead police to suspect they are under the influence of alcohol will be breathalyzed. If drug driving is suspected, drivers may have to undergo a roadside sobriety test.
Roads Policing Inspector Richard McLellan emphasized that being under the limit does not necessarily mean that a driver’s judgement and abilities are not impaired. He said
Police can still arrest a driver for driving whilst impaired if an officer suspects they are unfit through drink or drugs, even where the breath samples provided back at the police station are found to be under the legal limit. They may still be charged and convicted of an offence.
Your judgement may still be impaired the morning after a night out too, so our message is clear and simple, don’t drink and drive, it is simply not worth it.
Police are also emphasising that the effects of a collision caused by driving with impaired judgement due to drink or drugs extend much further than initial damage, injury or fatalities.
If you drink and drive you risk significant consequences, not just increasing your chance of causing serious injury or a death through a collision but consequences in trying to carry on with a normal life.
The penalties when caught have far-reaching implications on any driver’s life financially, emotionally, psychologically and on their family and friends.
The punishments for drink driving are severe, not only from what a court may pass as a sentence, but the ongoing consequential effects. If convicted of drink driving you will have a criminal record, lose your licence, you could spend time in prison and receive a hefty fine.
Preventing death or injury is as simple as pre booking a taxi back from a party or having an alcohol free.
During the busy run up to Christmas and the intensive shopping period, Devon and Cornwall Police are advising people to keep their Christmas purchases safe.
People are advised to protect their Christmas purchases by storing them in a safe, secure and private location that is not visible from outside, so burglars aren’t tempted to steal them.
Christmas is a great time of year for thieves and burglars. They know that there will be high-value goods in homes and in cars and will look out for any opportunity to capitalise on this.
People can take precautions to avoid having their new goods stolen by following police advice. We want everyone to have a safe and happy Christmas and prevent and avoid upsetting Christmas burglaries.
Here are some top tips to help prevent your home from being burgled:
- Keep gifts out of sight
- Keep all windows and doors closed and locked
- Don’t leave keys in locks especially near letterboxes or cat flaps
Crimes reported November 2017
Croyde and Georgeham: 1 x crime – Common assault
Ashford: 1 x crimes – Common assault Ashford. 1 x crime – Malicious communications act,
Marwood: 5 crimes – 1 x crime – Fail to stop after road accident.
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