Police are launching a campaign warning people about the dangers of drinking and driving during the football World Cup.
As part of the ‘Watch Your Game’ campaign, Thames Valley Police are reminding people of the dangers of drink driving – both the morning after as well as the night before.
More people are anticipated to be in pubs and bars watching matches during the tournament, and police are warning there may be an increased temptation to drive home after drinking alcohol, even if it was just a couple of pints.
Many people are also not aware that they may still be over the limit when driving the next morning.
As part of the national anti-drink driving campaign, throughout June police will be conducting drink and drug operations at all times throughout the day and night.
Every driver involved in a collision will also be breathalysed as a matter of course.
Lucy Hutson, head of roads policing for Thames Valley said: “Our message is simple: don’t drink and drive.
“It’s simply not worth the risk.
“Drinking late into the evening and then getting up early for work is not a good combination; just because you’ve had a few hours sleep doesn’t mean all the alcohol has left your system, and you could still be driving to work over the limit.
“With the World Cup taking place lots of us will be watching a match while drinking a few beers and the temptation to drive yourself home can be high, but it is just not worth a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and even losing your job.
“We’re often asked how much you can drink before you are over the limit.
“Any amount of alcohol affects your coordination and judgement.
“The simplest and safest option for everyone is simply not to drink if you plan to drive.”
Do you know someone who drinks or takes drugs and drives?
Call the police and report them on 101 or if it’s an emergency dial 999.
If you don’t want to speak to the police or give your name, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.