We can all learn a lesson from banned drink-driver

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Drink-drivers are a menace, of that there can be no doubt.

They put their own lives at risk and, perhaps more importantly, the lives of others.

And as we enter the run-up to Christmas, we bring you a particularly horrific story in The News today.

Gareth Rodgers led the police on a potentially lethal chase through the streets of Havant before finally giving up.

When he did, officers found he was nearly three times the alcohol limit.

We echo the thoughts of PC John Girling who described Rodgers as having a ‘reckless attitude to putting lives at risk on the roads’.

But while this may be an extreme case, there are many others who will be caught by police over the next three weeks.

Most, of course, will not be recidivists like Rodgers, but that’s by the by.

Drivers over the limit on the roads are potentially lethal and shouldn’t be tolerated.

Society’s come a long way since the bad old days of the 1970s and 1980s and drink-driving is very much frowned upon.

But, as the figures we publish today show, that doesn’t stop an average of four people a day being caught.

And, of course, they’ll only be the tip of the iceberg as many more will go undetected.

This time of year certainly brings with it more pressures.

With Christmas parties and celebrations going on across the month, drink is certainly flowing more than perhaps it does at other times of year.

But if anything, this should drive the message home even more.

What it comes down to is adults accepting responsibility for their own actions.

Everyone knows the rules and those who choose to break them deserve to be punished in the courts.

So if you’re out and about at the weekend and you’re driving, think twice about whether or not it’s worth the risk.