Crackdown shows that there’s still work to do

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Any reduction in the number of arrests for drink-driving should be welcomed.

We applaud the police for this summer’s crackdown and congratulate the force on a job well done.

By making a concerted effort to get out on our roads and look for those who might be over the limit, officers were able to arrest 593 people and charge 445 of them with an offence.

That’s more than 400 drivers who now know that a crime such as this doesn’t come without consequences.

Some people will say that the 19 per cent reduction in arrests is a good sign but we must all strive to eradicate this problem once and for all.

The simple fact is that a single incident of drink-driving is one too many.

There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol. The risks are simply too great.

That message can never be hammered home enough, as anyone who has suffered the unimaginable pain of losing a loved one in an alcohol-related road accident will testify.

Drivers who think they are somehow above the law – or who are too arrogant and selfish to consider that the worst could happen to them – must be hit with a punishment stern enough to make them learn the error of their ways.

First-time offenders should be made to realise the implications of their actions and repeat offenders should be prevented from getting behind the wheel of a car again.

It would seem that driving comes with a responsibility some people aren’t equipped to cope with.

For the sake of themselves and the rest of us, it’s better that they are caught, charged and dealt with rather than left to put lives in jeopardy.

Everyone should heed the plain-speaking words from Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley today

If you have ever been tempted to ignore the risks and get in the driver’s seat despite being over the limit, please think again.

It could be your door that the police knock on next.