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Think Don't Drink

The consequences of drinking and driving are almost too awful to contemplate. At worst a drink-driver could have an accident and injure, or even kill, someone. That "one for the road" would haunt them for the rest of their lives; not worth it... ever.

They'd face terrible guilt, most probably receive a prison sentence and be publicly named and shamed for what many consider to be one of the worst offences going. Lives on all sides are shattered by drink driving.

At the very least someone caught driving under the influence of drink, or drugs, could face an unlimited fine, six months in prison and a driving ban of at least a year.

Christmas is THE most tempting time of the year to take a drink and risk that drive home.

Lincolnshire Police are doing all they can to make all drivers think again before getting behind the wheel after Christmas indulgences.

From Monday, December 18, to January 1 they will publicly name everyone charged with the offence of driving under the influence. That's before the cases ever get to court.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: "When anyone is charged with any offence that person's name appears publicly in court listings.  What we are doing here is no different." 

Lincolnshire Police has made over 1,000 arrests for drink driving in the last year and more than 150 arrests for driving under the influence of drugs.  Nearly 70 per cent of those people were charged.  A recent study by the Press Association found that the force charges more offenders than anywhere else in the UK.

Inspector Ewan Gell from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Drink-driving is still a problem in Lincolnshire but we are very good at catching offenders.  I sincerely hope we don't have to name a single person over these two weeks.  Driving under the influence can be deadly, claims and ruins lives but is easily avoidable.

"Do not consume a drop if you are driving and be wary the morning after as you could still be over the limit.  If we pull you over the consequences could be a losing your licence, a criminal record or even a prison sentence."

John Siddle from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: "Drink drivers stand to lose so much when they make that decision to get behind the wheel - their livelihood, life, other people's lives and possibly their liberty if they are sent to prison.

"The knock-on effects of that will be loss of job, possible loss of home (who pays the mortgage) car insurance increase, possibly a re-sit of the driving test.  Despite this some people still choose to drink or drug drive, so I welcome Lincolnshire Police's decision to name those charged with driving whilst impaired, through drink or drugs, which adds to the list of deterrents already in place."

If you suspect someone is about to drive under the influence please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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