DON’T drink anything this Christmas if driving is the message from Warwickshire Police.
The force has launched its annual festive warning with clear advice on how drivers can ensure they do not face a new year court date.
Supt Daryn Elton, of Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, said: “There are still people who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and know how much the limit is.
“Cracking down on those who take drugs or drink and decide to drive is a year round commitment for us.
“We are aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive under the influence.
“To combat this, extra patrols will be conducted in the run up to and over Christmas and New Year, in a bid to tackle those who commit the unacceptable act of drinking or drug driving.
“The simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all.”
Drivers convicted of drink driving face up to six months in prison and a minimum 12 month driving ban.
Over the past three years, seven people have been killed and 77 seriously injured in Warwickshire following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.