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Drivers in Merseyside are being reminded to not put their lives at risk this spring by drink driving.

The message coincides with the Government’s latest THINK! campaign that highlights the serious consequences and the personal cost of a drink driving conviction.

Launched this month (March), the campaign has calculated that drivers face a personal financial cost of £20,000 to £50,000 if caught drink driving for the first time.

Merseyside Police’s Roads Policing Department are using the campaign to educate drivers about the risks of drink driving and reminding them of the financial cost.

Chief Inspector John Hogan, head of Roads Policing said: “We will not only crackdown on irresponsible drivers but also educating people about the dangers and personal cost of drink driving.   “We all know that drink driving risks lives but as the THINK campaign highlights there is also a hidden cost amounting to thousands of pounds reflecting fines, rise in insurance premiums and possible job losses faced by those convicted.   “Do you know that you could be left with a bill of almost £5000 just in legal fees plus a fine of £5000 if charged with drink driving?”

Chief Inspector Hogan added: “With lighter nights approaching, and hopefully some warmer weather, we appreciate that people may want to enjoy a drink in the evening but we urge them to not get behind the wheel and drive home. Plan your evenings out properly, use public transport or have a designated non-drinking driver.

“Alcohol affects everyone differently and can still be in your system many hours after drinking. Even the smallest amount of alcohol will affect your competence behind the wheel, your ability to judge speed and distance and will slow down your reactions.

“Most people know not to drink and drive but a small minority still do and its those people we are appealing to. You risk not only hurting yourself and others but also hefty costs if convicted, risks that I am sure you will agree are really not worth taking.”   As well as targeting drivers suspected of drink driving, officers from the Force’s Roads Policing Department are visiting schools and colleges around Merseyside to educate young drivers about the dangers of drink driving and other road safety issues.

In particular, officers are keen to educate young men aged 17 to 29 about the dangers of drink driving after they made up over 38% of drivers caught driving under the influence over the Christmas and New Year period.

Merseyside Police remains committed to tackling illegal and dangerous driving throughout the year in an effort to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside.  Although the force holds dedicated drink and drug drive campaigns in the Summer and at Christmas, officers conduct breath tests and impairment tests throughout the year.

Any driver involved in a road traffic collision, or who commits any traffic offences, can expect to be breathalysed and may be required to perform an impairment test. Should they fail these tests the penalties can be severe.

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