Met issues festive drink and drug drive warning

Ahead of the festive period, the Met Police is stepping up efforts to detect and arrest those who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Throughout December, officers from the Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command will be carrying out a range of activities – including dedicated patrols and facilitating voluntary breath tests with members of the public.

The Met warns that drink and drug driving is ‘immensely dangerous’ and increases the chance of causing a collision.

Inspector Neal Donohoe, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “Ahead of the Christmas season, London has been placed under the tier 2 (high alert) restrictions which means certain pubs and bars will be open again.

“There is more temptation to drink or drug drive at this time of year, but please avoid it at all costs. It could cost you your licence and you could potentially take your own, or somebody else’s life.

“This is so easily preventable by simply not getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs.”

A total of 4,406 drivers were caught drink or drug-driving on the UK’s roads during a two week period last December.

09 December 2020