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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 11:42am 4th June 2010.

However, the partnership is keen to support people wishing to enjoy the football and is working with the police and local licencees to encourage people visiting pubs to watch and celebrate the World cup matches to take DES with them.

Having a DESignated driver or using a taxi, a bus, or walking can mean the difference between a good night out or the horrendous alternatives that drinking and driving can bring.   

In the past five years in York and North Yorkshire 287 people have been killed or seriously injured because of drink driving.  The least that will happen if drivers are caught over the limit will be a minimum 12 month ban and up to a £5,000 fine. That in itself can lead to loss of a job, the break up of relationships and all that that entails. Worse, they could kill or seriously injure themselves or someone else. 

In the past five years in York and North Yorkshire 287 people have been killed or seriously injured because of drink driving.   A conviction of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs carries a sentence of up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine and a minimum two year driving ban. 

 North Yorkshire County Councillor John Fort, Executive Member for Road Safety said: ”Let’s hope the England team do well in the World Cup; it’s creating real enthusiasm and interest, and we want people to enjoy the summer. But we have to emphasise the dangers that drinking and driving create. It just is not worth it.  The problem is alcohol can make people over confident, so they forget all the warnings and believe they’ll be alright to drive, but they won’t be and it can lead to catastrophic  consequences for themselves and other people.    

“We are focusing on the World Cup at the moment but the Drink and Drug Drive campaign carries on all year round; it’s not just something to bear in mind for the summer. The message is the same all year round, drink and drug driving wrecks lives.” 

Insp Dave Brown, Head of Roads Policing for North Yorkshire Police said: “We will continue to ‘head home’ the message – enjoy yourselves but stay safe and legal. We will ‘tackle’ all offences relating to drink and drug driving. This is not a game – it’s people’s lives and you know the score ! 

"Not only is drink driving illegal it is reckless, dangerous and can ruin people's lives. If you are going to the pub to watch England and are driving, don't drink, it’s as simple as that. 

"If you do want to have a drink, appoint a designated driver or get a taxi home.  Otherwise you could end up missing the rest of the tournament because you're in prison. 

"Remember if you've had a few drinks the night before you may still be over the limit in the morning; this is not an excuse and you will be dealt with accordingly. 

"Enjoy the World Cup but be sensible, don't ruin it for yourself or anyone else by drink driving. It is simply not worth it." 

Chris Anderson, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue added: ”We attend far too many  collisions which have been caused because someone has been drinking and driving .  We’re all looking forward to the World Cup but we have to make sure it is not an excuse for getting behind the wheel of a car when you’ve been drinking.”


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