POLICE officers in Ashbourne are joining a nation-wide clampdown on drink driving ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend.
The THINK! campaign is kicking off this spring with shocking figures on the cost to motorists of a drink-drive conviction.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculated the financial cost of drink-driving for the first time in a bid to highlight the consequences of being drunk behind the wheel. Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, is head of Roads Policing. He said: “Our message is simple – if you are having a drink don’t drive. If you drink alcohol or take drugs before driving we will catch up with you and you will have to face the consequences. This will include a driving ban, a criminal record and potentially losing your job. I would urge anyone with information about a drink driver to contact police.”
Last year 280 people were killed and 1,290 were seriously injured in drink driving related incidents across the country.
Anyone caught drink-driving could face a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12 month driving ban and a criminal record.
To report a drink-driver contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.