Drivers warned as police launch New Year drink-drive crackdown

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DRIVERS are being reminded not to drink and drive over the New Year period.

Police are relaunching their “think before you drink” campaign ahead of tomorrow’s festivities.

The force is currently running a month-long crackdown on drink-driving which will see everyone involved in a crash being breath-tested, as well as those who have been caught speeding.

Anyone caught drink-driving will be banned from the road for at least 12 months, fined up to £5,000, and they could face starting 2014 behind bars.

Motor Patrols Chief Inspector George Maratty said: “We want people to enjoy their holidays, but to do so safely.

“If you’re going out, socialising and having a drink, then don’t take the risk – get a taxi or public transport.

“Remember that if you’re drinking, then the alcohol will still be in your system the next day, and that if you are stopped by police, then you may be breathalysed and arrested if found to be over the limit.

“2014 is a new year, and it will be a fresh new start for many people. The last thing anyone wants is to start it in jail or with a driving ban for drink-driving.

“Drink-driving cost lives and ruins lives. Think before you drink over these holidays.”

Police can be contacted on 101 or 999 in an emergency.