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Drink-drivers will face the penalty - Surrey Police issues World Cup warning

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:08pm 14th June 2018. (Updated at 4:18pm 14th June 2018)

Motorists are being urged to stay onside during the 2018 World Cup as Surrey Police launches its summer crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

Officers will be carrying out targeted patrols and static stop checks over the next month dedicated to tackling offenders.

During last summer's campaign 108 drivers were arrested in the county on suspicion of drink and drug-driving offences.

Chief Inspector Warren Franklin, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: "With the World Cup just around the corner, the number of football fans drinking in pubs and bars or at home will naturally increase, and that’s fine. What’s not fine is driving when you’re over the limit.

"It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘only’ a short drive home or you’ve ‘only’ had a couple – we’ve heard every excuse in the book, but ultimately there is no acceptable excuse to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.

"By all means enjoy yourself and take in the atmosphere of the World Cup, but don’t let it compromise the safety of you or anyone else on the roads."

Officers are reminding people that they could still be over the limit the morning after a night of drinking. 

Their advice is to allow extra time if planning to get behind the wheel.

Punishments for drink or drug-driving can prove costly, with the risk of a minimum 12 month ban or even a possible prison sentence.

Offenders may also face an unlimited fine, a criminal record or an increase in car insurance.

Chief Inspector Franklin added: "Officers respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers as part of routine policing all year round, however there will be targeted patrols and static stop checks dedicated to tackling offenders throughout the summer campaign. Anyone caught will be dealt with robustly."

 

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