Don't drink and drive warning

It's been revealed that 42 people were killed on Cheshire's roads last year and one in five of them were the victim of a drink driver.

Police are warning motorists that they'll be doing breath tests at every time of day over the summer months.

Lee Murphy is in charge of keeping the roads safe in Cheshire and says no policeman wants to explain to families that a loved one's been killed:

'The finality of it is a policeman coming round to your house and knocking on your door and saying does Mr Smith live here? I am trying to trace him. Who wants that just for an extra drink? It really isn't worth it. So the safest thing to do is to have a soft drink.'

As a minimum, the consequences of a drink drive court conviction are:

  • A driving ban of at least 12 months.
  • An endorsement of your driving licence for 11 years.
  • A criminal record.

You may also be liable to a fine of up to £5,000 and up to 6 months in prison.

Member of the public can help save lives by confidentially reporting drink drivers by ringing the Crime Stoppers hotline on 0800 555 111 or calling Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000.

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