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27 November 2006 Drink drivers to be targeted by NI police
Motorists caught drink driving over the holiday period will face a court hearing in the new year warns Foyle chief superintendent, Richard Russell.
A new campaign launched in Londonderry last week is a joint programme by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Department of the Environment, aimed at preventing drink driving accidents during the festive season.
"Drinking and driving kills. It maims. It wrecks families and communities. Detecting drink drivers is and will remain a priority for police," emphasised Ch Spt Russell in the Belfast Telegraph: "Our aim is to save lives and reduce injuries."
Support for the campaign was voiced by local minister David Cairns. He said: "Anyone who chooses to drink and drive obviously has no regard for family, friends or anyone else who they might kill or leave seriously injured on the road.
"From the very first sip, alcohol will affect your driving, so the decision is simple - never ever drink and drive," Mr Cairns added.
At least 34 people have died so far this year compared to 24 for the whole of last year, with alcohol playing a part in a quarter of fatalities, according to the BBC.
Motorists are being warned to be extra vigilant at this time of year as even if they are not drinking, other road users might be. If they are involved in an accident, motorists should seek legal advice for motor legal protection guidance on how to claim for items not included in standard car insurance policies.© Adfero Ltd