Police in Cheshire are reminding motorists of the dangers of drinking and driving over the festive period.

Cheshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “It’s the week leading up to Christmas and if you’re going out for a couple of drinks, leave the car keys at home. Nominate a designated driver or grab a taxi home. The motto ‘none for the road’ should be resonating in your mind.

“You could still be over the limit the morning after the night before. It’s vitally important that you allow time for the alcohol to leave your system before getting behind the wheel of a car.

“The consequences of being caught drink driving can impact on every aspect of your life. Don’t let alcohol turn your Christmas and New Year blue.”

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Over the festive period, Cheshire Police will be cracking down on drink driving in the county, ensuring that Cheshire’s roads remain safe.

The consequences for drink driving can have detrimental impact on your life. If you’re convicted of drink driving you will:

  • Lose your licence for at least a year
  • Have a criminal record
  • Face up to six months in prison
  • Face a fine of up to £5,000
  • Risk losing your job
  • See your car insurance costs soar once you get your licence back.

Those are just the things that will affect you directly. Unfortunately, many drink drivers kill or injure innocent people as a result of their actions.

If you’re convicted of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink you may be given:

  • Up to 14 years in prison
  • An unlimited fine
  • A minimum two-year driving ban
  • A mandatory extended driving test.