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Have fun but don't drink and drive

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 05 July 2010

APPROACHING the festive party season, an important message is this week going out to motorists who contemplate drink driving.

In the run-up to Christmas, police forces nationwide will be launching specific drink-drive crack downs - which will reinforce a key part of The Journal's ongoing Save A Life campaign.

APPROACHING the festive party season, an important message is this week going out to motorists who contemplate drink driving.

In the run-up to Christmas, police forces nationwide will be launching specific drink-drive crack downs - which will reinforce a key part of The Journal's ongoing Save A Life campaign.

A senior officer from the roads policing unit, revealed that the message was to have fun and enjoy the festivities - but not to drink and drive.

Sgt Steve Knight, from Halesworth's roads policing unit, said: “We know that these two factors are involved in a lot of incidents and fatalities on the county's roads. But, despite this police operation, we are still finding a lot of people are continuing to do this and use their mobile phones.

“We are trying to drive home the message to motorists out there that we are wanting to reduce casualties on Suffolk's roads,” he added.

The Journal can reveal that during the last three years 17.1pc of all fatal casualties were related to accidents where a drink/drug impediment was identified. The figure for 2007 was 15.4pc.

In 2007, 31.0pc of all drink/drug related killed or seriously injured (KSI) accidents involved a pedestrian casualty.

In relation to accidents recorded in 2005 or 2006, on occasions where a positive breath test was recorded, the offender was more likely to be under the age of 30 and male.

Sgt Knight said: “The overriding thing is that we want everyone to have fun and enjoy a happy Christmas and new year without incidents on Suffolk's roads - so we'd like people to drive carefully. And if people do go to Christmas parties, the message is don't drink and drive.

“By stopping motorists during this campaign, the important thing to stress is that this is not a money-making exercise - we are not pulling cars over to see how much money we can make for the government, which is some concerns that have been raised - we are trying to reduce the numbers of casualties locally.”

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