Police inspector issues festive warning to drink-drivers

PUBLISHED: 10:06 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 31 May 2010

SAFFRON Walden s police inspector has wished residents a happy Christmas and New Year. At the same token, he has also renewed the warning that police will get tough on people who step outside the boundaries of acceptable behaviour . Extra officers will b

SAFFRON Walden's police inspector has wished residents a happy Christmas and New Year.

At the same token, he has also renewed the warning that police will get tough on people who step "outside the boundaries of acceptable behaviour".

Extra officers will be on duty in Saffron Walden and the surrounding villages to help minimise the risk of drink-drivers and party revellers ruining the festive period.

Inspector Kevin Wakefield said: "We hope everybody enjoys the festive season but we ask people to act responsibly.

"Don't drink and drive, consider your neighbours and consider your general behaviour.

"Whilst we want people to enjoy themselves, we will deal firmly with anybody that wishes to step outside the boundaries of acceptable behaviour."

Police will be out in force in the roads during the Yuletide period, conducting breath tests to catch out drink-drivers.

"We're not kill-joys - we want people to have a good time. But there are limits" added Mr Wakefield.

"If you're going out to a party, designate a driver that doesn't drink. Be mindful of the effects drink has the next day. Don't go near a car until at least lunch time."

The maximum penalty for drink-driving is a six-month prison sentence, £5,000 fine and a driving ban of up to 12 months.

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