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Suffolk/Norfolk: Police use social media to get across drink-drive message

15:50 13 December 2012

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DRIVERS in Norfolk and Suffolk will be receiving advice and live information through social media about drink-drive checks tomorrow as part of this year’s Christmas campaign.

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Throughout the day messages will be sent on the Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary Twitter accounts and on both Facebook pages to highlight the dangers of drinking and driving, offer alternatives for those who are enjoying a festive drink, and provide an insight into the patrols carried out by the joint Roads Policing Unit.

Head of Roads Policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, said: “We are almost halfway through our festive campaign, and party season is getting into full swing.

“Nationally 65% of drink-drive incidents happen on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, so this is a key time to remind people to think twice before getting into their car.

“Our drink-drive patrols are continuing, with Roads Policing and other uniformed officers from both forces stopping any drivers who cause them concern and breath testing as appropriate.

“On Twitter and Facebook we will be showing followers what officers are encountering on both counties’ roads and what happens when we carry out breath tests.

“Whilst anyone arrested won’t be identified on the day, anyone charged with drink or drug driving can expect to be identified when they go to court, and those found guilty can expect a driving ban, a fine and a criminal record.”

Follow @NorfolkPolice and @SuffolkPolice on Twitter for tomorrow’s updates. The hashtag #dontdrinkdrive will be used as this is also being used by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and other police forces to reinforce the drink-drive message.

Live updates from Roads Policing officers will be issued from 7.30am in Norfolk and 7pm in Suffolk.

Questions about the campaign and drink driving can also be tweeted and posted by followers and fans.

During last year’s Christmas campaign 5,958 drivers were breath tested and 185 tested positive. So far during this year’s campaign 72 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving or related offences.

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2 comments

  • Why on earth did they sell it then? The price would have gone up eventually.

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    zaax

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • The Police should start a Reward Scheme rewarding people with a Itunes voucher Cinema Vouchers Gift Vouchers or Cash to get the public to ring in with drink driver details or people they think might be drink driving . The Reward can be received anonymously like Crimestoppers . The actual effect this could have would be that drinkers on their nights out would be very wary of everyone around them if they are driving . They would know that anyone around them could benefit from a reward by reporting them to the police if they were going to drive .This would in effect make every person a potential "Police Informant" and i honestly believe this will have a dramatic effect on the drink drive figures if it was highly publicised and explained to the public all around the UK . The Police Drink Drive campaigns of the last 25 years have had little effect , the figures prove that don't they ?? Over to you newly appointed MR PCC

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

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