WE have a zero tolerance approach to drink and drug driving.
That’s the message from Julie Taylor, licensee of The Victory in The Hard, Portsmouth, after signing up to The News’ Steer Clear anti-drink drive campaign.
Pubs and clubs backing the initiative, which runs until New Year’s Eve, pledge to offer free soft drinks to designated drivers in a group of four or more.
The Victory is the latest to support the campaign which dozens of pubs have already joined.
Miss Taylor said: ‘It’s not just about drink-driving, it’s about people who can get hurt more than anything.
‘Drink-driving is wrong and I won’t put up with it here.
‘People can have a good time as long as there are no vehicles involved.
‘If I thought anyone was thinking of drink-driving, I would take away their keys.’
The licensee, who has been at the pub’s helm since June, is supported by daughter Lisa, 21, who also backs our campaign.
She added: ‘There is a range of soft drinks on offer to drivers on New Year’s Eve.’
A total of 201 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving since Hampshire Constabulary launched its Operation Holly crackdown on December 1.
A total of 52 arrests were made in the north and east Hampshire area – the highest amount in the county – and 25 people were detained by police in Portsmouth.
There were 40 arrests in Fareham and Gosport.
Men accounted for 84.6 per cent of arrests (170), and 15.4 per cent of arrests (31) were women.
Of the 201 arrested between December 1 and December 27, 145 are facing court after being charged, 33 were bailed and 23 were released without charge.
Insp Martin Goodall, of the roads policing unit, said: ‘The figures have continued to rise since the campaign began on December 1, and are both good and bad in equal measure.
‘Alcohol is not so important that it is worth risking your life and the lives of others. It’s a drink.
‘How can anyone compare that with someone’s life – and the lives of those left behind?
‘Whether you do it out of ignorance or arrogance, the risks are the same.
‘Let’s hope it doesn’t take a fatal car crash to make people sober up to the fact that drink-driving kills.’