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Watch Your Game During Euro 2012 – Don’t Drink And Drive

Published: 13th June 2012 11:02

PoliceWith more people expected to be in pubs and bars watching the Euro 2012 football tournament there may be a temptation for some to drive home after drinking alcohol, even if it was just a couple of pints. Many people are also not aware that they may be still over the limit when driving the next morning.

During Euro 2008 there were 274 arrests for drink or drug driving compared with a decrease in 2009 to 191 arrests. However there were more arrests in 2007 with 296 recorded within the same dates. In the 2010 World Cup there was a drop in the number of drink driving arrests 253 compared with 259 in 2009 and 287 in 2011.

Every year in June Thames Valley Police launch the drink drive campaign. Throughout June, Thames Valley Police Roads Policing department, in collaboration with Hampshire Constabulary as a Joint Operations Unit (JOU) will be conducting random drink/drug tests at all time throughout the day and night across Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

As well as aiming to reduce the number of people who are killed or injured as a result of drink driving, we would also like to remind motorists that receiving a conviction for drink or drug driving could ruin their lives.

Superintendent Chris Brown, head of roads policing for Hampshire and Thames Valley said: "Our message is simple: don't drink and drive. It's simply not worth the risk. Drinking late into the evening and then getting up early for work is not a good combination, just because you've had a few hours sleep doesn't mean all the alcohol has left your system, and you could still be driving to work over the limit.

"We're often asked how much you can drink before you are over the limit. Any amount of alcohol affects your coordination and judgement. The simplest and safest option for everyone is simply not to drink if you plan to drive."

Here are some of the consequences of receiving a criminal conviction which people may not have thought about before and will hopefully make people think twice about drink driving this Euro 2012:

  • Your car insurance could go up. Having a criminal record will make it extremely difficult to get any other kind of insurance
  • To buy a mortage you have to disclose any unspent convictions
  • You may not be able to travel to America if you have a criminal conviction. Travelling to a country where you need a visa or a working permit can be very difficult with a criminal record.
  • Colleges and Universities will have their own policies about misconduct and getting in trouble with the police could have a knock on effect with your education.
  • Lying to your employer or on any kind of application which asks you to disclose any criminal convictions could be seen as fraud and lead to a further conviction
  • Getting into trouble with the law could be seen as gross misconduct by your employer and you could lose your job
  • Having a criminal record could make it very difficult for you to get another job 

Watch our video ‘England till I die' at www.thamesvalley.police.uk/penalty. Do you know someone who drinks or takes drugs and drives? Call the police and report them on 101 or, if it's an emergency dial 999. If you don't want to speak to police or give your name, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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