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Drink Driving "It's just not worth the risk!"

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(Updated 9:07am 2nd June 2018)


7:03am 2nd June 2018

Don't let the summer barbecue or the World Cup ruin your life or that of others.

The message comes from Dorset Police as its latest drink drive campaign gets underway.

It runs until the middle of next month as hundreds of people across the county make the most of the weather and the football.

Police Constable Heidi Moxam (main picture) has been in the force for 27 years.

She's had to deliver the news every family dreads on a large number of occasions.

"There's nothing worse than knocking on somebody's door to tell them that a loved one has been involved in an incident and has sadly passed away", she said.

"However, it is the reason I joined the job in as much as I want to help people through their darkest moments and these are dark moments for them. If I can help them through it, all the better. However, the fact we are in this position in the first place is something that we are here to negate".

"We're entering this summertime so it's more of a possibility for people to get together, have social drinks, barbecues etc and we've got the World Cup tournament starting which make people get together and enjoy themselves and we're wanting to remind those people, Don't Drink and Drive, so Don't Risk it! Think about how you are going to get home."

"If you need your driving licence for your job, then potentially you can lose your job. Your insurance premium will rocket because you've been convicted. There's also the social side of things. You could lose your friends.

You could lose family or respect. This year we are publically naming and shaming those that are caught drink driving over the summer months. There will be that massive embarrassment factor that your picture will be out there for all to see".

Meanwhile,

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service has been explaining to Wessex FM the role they play at a drink drive crash scene.

Watch Manager Darren Lowe was part of yesterday's launch of Dorset Police's summer campaign which aims to crackdown on the number of people getting behind the wheel over the limit.

 

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(Darren Lowe, pictured in the middle, above)

Just one smash can leave resources stretched at all of our emergency services.

Darren says people need to be more aware of the impact on others.

"The hopes are to highlight the amount of road traffic collisions that we attend and the impact that it has on the individual that we attend and potentially cut out or rescue from the scene".

"We are showing people that all the emergency services attend that one incident and the amount of people that it takes for 1 collision to deal with".



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