Police have launched their annual drink driving crackdown across Lichfield and Burntwood.

The #drinkOrdrive initiative will run until New Year’s Day and see officers carrying out random checks on drivers in hotspots across the region.

The campaign is also encouraging drivers to make alternative travel plans if they want to enjoy a festive tipple, with the crackdown targeting evenings and early mornings.

Chief Inspector Mat Derrick of Staffordshire Roads Policing Unit said:

“Sadly, there are still some drivers that choose to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

“People often think that one or two drinks don’t matter but even a small amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely, so the best advice is to make alternative travel arrangements or avoid alcohol completely if you are driving.

“Alcohol makes people’s reactions slower and makes processing information more difficult so when driving this can impact on decision making and reactions times, which puts drivers, passengers and other road users at risk.

“This Christmas we are asking people to plan ahead, to think about how you’re going to get home, and remember the impact alcohol can still have the morning after.”

Chief Inspector Mat Derrick, Staffordshire Police

Members of the public are also being asked to report drink or drug drivers. People can inform police by calling 101.

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  1. My late Husband was killed by a Drunk Driver in Lichfield in December 2012. Before you drink and drive, imagine putting yourself in a situation where 10 days before Christmas you have to tell a 8yr old child that her Daddy has died and won’t be coming home ever again. Imagine the years that follow. Sobering enough? I hope so.

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