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Well known charity Brake is welcoming a police crackdown on drink and drug drivers this Christmas led by new ACPO lead on road safety DCC Suzette Davenport.
The crackdown follows a breath testing campaign carried out by police over the summer which indicated a rise in drink driving, with more drivers found over the legal limit than in the previous year.
In 2010, 250 deaths were caused by drink driving, with 1230 serious injuries also recorded throughout the UK which is why this year Brake is urging drivers to not drink any alcohol whatsoever or take any amount of drugs before they get behind the wheel, in the hope it will prevent needless and devastating casualties.
In addition to this campaign, Brake is also urging the government to toughen up the existing laws for drink and drug related driving, suggesting that the following measures are taken to help improve the current situation:
Ellen Booth, Brake senior campaigns officer, said: “We fully support this vital crackdown on deadly and selfish drink and drug drivers. Every Christmas, and indeed every week of the year, many families are confronted by the death of a loved one, or a terrible injury, caused by drivers wilfully taking these appalling risks. We urge drivers to imagine the consequences for a second and realise it’s never worth chancing your life and other people’s. Our simple message is not a drop, not a drag – please make a pledge to never drive on any amount of alcohol or drugs.”