Remember, just one drink can kill
29 Dec 2009
Just one drink can kill, is the very clear warning Police are reminding drivers as the New Year celebrations approach.
Speaking today Superintendent Muir Clark, Head of Road Policing said: “There is still a minority of people who completely disregard the safety of themselves and others by continuing to drink and drive.
“Drinking and driving kills, maims and wrecks families. Police will not tolerate people who insist on driving after having taken drugs or drink. We are again appealing for all motorists to consider the consequences of their actions.
“Think about the consequences to yourself and your family of being involved in a serious collision. How would you feel if your selfish actions resulted in you or one of your family being paralysed? How would you feel if some innocent person was killed?
”Words alone cannot describe the sights and sounds of the serious road traffic collisions which Police officers and our colleagues in the emergency services attend. Bodies broken, lives shattered.
“Already this year,115 people have been killed in collisions on roads across Northern Ireland.
”I do not want officers knocking on doors at any time of the year, but especially over the festive period, to tell families that a loved one has been killed on the roads.
“While our high profile series of roads policing operations will continue to target drink drivers throughout the coming days, the sad reality is that more people will be caught drink driving during this campaign.
“Drink and drive and at best, you are likely to be caught, arrested and brought before the courts. You will almost certainly lose your licence for one or more years, will be fined, and will have great difficulty in obtaining car insurance in the future. You also risk losing your job or going to jail.
“We are appealing for everyone to support our campaign and stay safe on the roads. In particular with the impending arrival of much colder weather, everyone has the responsibility to wear a seatbelt, reduce their speed, take greater care and attention, and NEVER, EVER, DRINK AND DRIVE,” Superintendent Clark said.