POLICE are urging drinkers to ensure they are safe to drive before getting behind the wheel the morning after Christmas celebrations.
Hampshire police are working tirelessly to catch drink and drug-drivers in the act this festive period.
The crackdown includes operations during the day to catch out those still over the limit from the night before.
The force is backing The News Steer Clear campaign which is calling on landlords to offer a free soft drink to the designated driver in a group during the festive period.
Superintendent Chris Brown, head of the joint Roads Policing units for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said: ‘One of our big concerns is the morning after when people mistakenly think they’re sober enough to drive.
‘That’s why we conduct our operations throughout the day and motorists should make absolutely sure there’s no alcohol in their system from the night before when they get behind the wheel.’
Officers are highlighting advice that shows it takes a healthy person an hour on average to process one unit of alcohol.
They have given presentations to almost 2,000 service personnel, warning of the dangers of drink-driving – with an emphasis on the morning after a night of drinking.
As reported in The News, 43 people were arrested in the first four days of the force’s Operation Holly drink and drug-driving driving crackdown. Of those 33 have been charged, seven bailed and three released with no action.
Supt Brown said: ‘There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to celebrate over the festive season and if you rotate the role of designated driver between you and your friends it means everyone can enjoy an evening out and do so safely.’
Landlords taking part in our Steer Clear campaign have pledged to give the designated driver of a group of four or more a free soft drink between 6pm and 9pm through to and including New Year’s Eve.
Police are also urging the public to report anyone they suspect of drink-driving anonymously via the text number 80999.
Anyone witnessing a drink-driving offence in progress should call 999.
The following pubs have signed up to Steer Clear:
· Bar Risa – Gunwharf Quays
· The Blue Bell Inn, South Street, Emsworth
· Carisbrook Arms, Carisbrooke Road, Gosport
· Clarence Tavern, Clarence Road, Gosport
· Delme Arms, Cams Hill, Fareham
· Five Alls, Forton Road, Gosport
· Harvest Home, Denmead
· Old Vic, St Pauls Road, Portsmouth
· Park Tavern, Park Road, Gosport
· The Foresters Arms, Anns Hill Road, Gosport
· Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Guildhall Walk
· The White Swan, Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth
· The Trafalgar, Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth
· The Lord Palmerston, Palmerston Road, Southsea
· The John Jacques, Fratton
· The Sir John Baker, North End
· The First Post, Cosham
· Sir Alec Rose, Port Solent
· The Waterhole Bar, Portsmouth
· The Admiral Drake, Silverlock Close, Mile End
· Artillery Arms, Hester Road, Milton
· Coach & Horses, London Road, Hilsea
· To sign up your pub email our reporter Rory McKeown at firstname.lastname@example.org Or call him on (023) 9262 2540