Police launch winter 2022/23 anti-drink and drug drive operation | Newry News Today | Latest Newry News, Newry Sport and Newry Business for Newry City

Police launch winter 2022/23 anti-drink and drug drive operation | Newry News Today

As police launch the annual winter drink drive operation, they are asking the public to pause for a moment.

 

Police launch winter 2022/23 anti-drink and drug drive operation | Newry News Today - newry news

 

Superintendent Gary Busch explains, “Last year, we asked road users to consider the impact of being detected drink or drug driving.

“This year, our request is more direct.

“We are asking the public to pause for a second.

“Whether people are at home, work or out enjoying themselves.

“Take one second to think about a relative a friend or a colleague. Now imagine never seeing them again.

“This is the very stark reality facing too many members of our community as we head into the festive season.

“There are families across Northern Ireland mourning the loss of loved ones.

 


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“Loved ones who have been killed as the result of someone’s selfish decision to drive after drinking or taking drugs.

“Drink or drug driving remains one of the most significant causes of the most serious collisions which injure and kill people on roads across Northern Ireland.

“During last year’s campaign, we carried out 6,999 roadside breath tests and arrested 295 people for drink/drug driving-related offences.

“Most people find it unthinkable to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.

“Every year, as our arrest figures illustrate, too many people are prepared to take the risk or, worse, find it acceptable. 

“Over the coming week’s targeted operations will run day and night across the country, and we will coordinate road safety operations in border counties with colleagues from An Garda Síochána Traffic Corp.

“As in previous years, the Road Policing Unit and Interceptor Teams, local and neighbourhood officers will be working alongside Tactical Support Group colleagues.

“We will again use authorised vehicle checkpoints as a very visible, physical deterrent to anyone thinking about drink or drug driving. 

“In addition, every driver or motorcyclist stopped by police for any moving traffic offence can expect to be breathalysed.

“Anyone involved in a collision or who we suspect may have consumed alcohol or taken drugs will also be tested.

“People need to make safe choices; use public transport, book a taxi or organise a lift with someone who is not drinking.

“We all share the roads, so we all share the responsibility for road safety.

He adds, “Slow down. Pay greater attention to your surroundings, always wear your seat belt and never drive after drinking or taking drugs.”

 


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