Published: November 28, 2013
Police launch hard-hitting Christmas drink driving campaign

Burnham-On-Sea Police have this week launched a Christmas campaign to crack down on drink-related crime over the festive period.

Posters like this will be used to raise awarness of seasonal crime across the region in the coming weeks.

Police are aiming to raise awareness of drink-related incidents to help reduce the number of offences during the run-up to Christmas as well as tackling the number of offences for issues such as criminal damage and public disorder.

The campaign is part of the annual 'Have the Christmas You Deserve' campaign and this year is asking people who live or work in the Avon and Somerset area to think about the Christmas message they want to send this year.

Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: "We want people to be sending positive messages to their friends and family at this time of year and enjoying Christmas, not having to phone their loved ones to tell them they've been arrested and spent the night in police custody."

Over the festive period there will be an increased police presence out and about in towns such as Burnham on busy nights as well as a range of other measures, such as specific operations to target drug misuse and patrols of ASB hot spot areas.

Officers will also be visiting Burnham bars, pubs, off licences and other venues to issue posters which remind people that a drunken night can have a big impact on the individual, and the people around them, if it leads to violence or disorder.

ACC Bangham said: "The types of offences we are looking to highlight are ones that can be prevented. If we can encourage people to think about the outcomes of irresponsible behaviour and drunkenness and help prevent them from doing something they regret, then it's better for everyone."

"Thankfully the number of offences of all types that we deal with on busy nights is relatively low. However, we would like to see this reduce even further."

 


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