Avon and Somerset Police drink-drive campaign starts

Avon and Somerset Police have said they are becoming concerned at the number of under-25s flouting drink-drive laws.

It comes at the start of the force's Christmas drink-drive campaign.

"Last winter around one third (62) of those arrested were in the 17-25 year age bracket, a trend we are keen to reverse," Ch Insp Polly King said.

Emergency services in Bath are due to stage a reconstruction of a road accident later to highlight the dangers of drink-driving.

The mock crash will see firefighters freeing casualties from the wreckage before they are treated by paramedics. Police will then arrest the driver on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol.

'Morning after'

"We will remain relentless in our pursuit of drink-drivers and our campaign to purge the roads of those who are willing to put the lives of themselves and others at potential risk by driving after having a drink," Ms King said.

The campaign will see roadside checks mounted in the force area at any time of the day or night.

Officers will also warn motorists of the risks of driving the morning after drinking.

"Many drivers will be vulnerable and potentially over the drink drive limit when they drive into work the following morning.

"There is no way of calculating your drink drive limit, so our message is not to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Arrange for a non-drinking driver or find an alternative way to travel home," Ms King added.

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