Don't let drink-driving ruin Xmas
CHRISTMAS – the season to eat, drink and be merry.
But not if the drinking part is closely followed by you getting behind the wheel to take to the road.
Today we report on Humberside Police launching its annual festive drink-driving campaign.
Last year, 600 people were tested in North Lincolnshire over the Christmas period with 25 testing positive – a slight rise on the figure of the previous 12 months.
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It's difficult to fathom why people still risk drinking and driving.
The social stigma associated with it has rightly increased massively in recent years.
And the penalties for being caught – including an automatic driving ban – should be deterrent enough. But still people are happy to take the risk.
Twenty-five people may have had their Christmas deservedly ruined last year – but how many more took the risk and got away with it?
Now the police have a new weapon in their battle to catch offenders at the roadside.
They say the increasing accessibility of drugs is making people driving under the influence of drugs an ever-growing problem.
So this year's checks see officers supported for the first time by a drugs dog. They say it is already working well.
Anything the police do to take drink or drug-drivers off the roads has to be welcomed.
Christmas should be a time for celebration, for spending time with your family.
Don't let yours be a time for misery, for spending time in a cell.