WORLD Cup fans enjoying the late night opening are warned not to drive under the influence as Dorset Police extends its summer drink drive campaign.
The annual drink and drug drive initiative, which was launched at the beginning of this month, is being extended for the first time to coincide with the late opening of pubs and bars showing the World Cup matches. The message to fans is make sure you get home safely and ensure you are sober before getting behind the wheel the next morning.
Inspector Matt Butler, from Dorset Police’s traffic unit, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the World Cup, whether they are watching the games on the big screen in the pub or at home. But I urge everyone not to risk their life or the lives of others by getting behind the wheel after drinking.
“Please make arrangements before you go out about how you are going to get home – book or taxi or sort a lift.
“I would also like to remind motorists that the morning after drinking can be just as dangerous as the night before. If you have been drinking, there is a strong chance that you may not be fit to drive the morning after.
“Please take a minute the next morning to ask yourself: Am I fit to drive? If the answer is no, then it is simply not worth the risk.”
So far this year’s campaign has seen 13 people charged with drink or drug drive-related offences. Anyone caught faces a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000, and those charged during the campaign will have their name and court appearance details released to the media. Dorset police is also taking to Twitter to share the message.
The Force will continue to target suspected offenders based on calls from the public, added Inspector Butler said: “If a member of the public suspects someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they should dial 999 immediately and report the details to the police so that we can intercept the vehicle.”