Away in the station, a bench for a bed, the reckless drink driver lays down his bad head.
Don’t wake up in a police cell on Christmas morning, if you are going out tonight make sure you catch the bus home, get a taxi, appoint a designated driver or walk.
North Yorkshire Police has arrested 84 people on suspicion of drink or drug driving since their annual festive crackdown began on 1 December 2012, and while you are enjoying the holiday season, officers will be out in force to ensure anyone breaking the law by driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is caught.
If you are arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving tonight you will probably spend Christmas day in a police cell, or worse you could kill someone and destroy a family.
Traffic Sergeant Pete Stringer, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said:
Of course we want people to have a good time with their family and friends over the Christmas period but motorists must not take any chances and drive while unfit to do so.
I can’t stress enough how dangerous drink or drug driving is and how devastating it can be not just at Christmas but at any time of year.
Lots of people will be going out to celebrate tonight and if you are please take some responsibility and make alternative arrangements to get home if you want to have a drink.
Just because it’s Christmas it doesn’t mean our officers aren’t out looking for drink and drug drivers. In fact, it’s quite the opposite and if you take the risk it is likely you will get caught out.
Imagine if you aren’t there to see your children open their presents on Christmas Day because you’re in a police cell. Do you still think it’s worth taking the chance?
The public can help to prevent drink and drug driving on the roads of North Yorkshire and the city of York by reporting anyone they suspect of getting behind the wheel while under the influence.
If you would like to report a drink or drug driver, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.
If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.
For regular updates on the Christmas drink and drug drive campaign follow North Yorkshire Police on twitter @NYorksPolice #drinkdrive.