launch hard-hitting Christmas drink driving campaign
Police have this week launched a Christmas campaign to crack down
on drink-related crime over the festive period.
like this will be used to raise awarness of seasonal crime across
the region in the coming weeks.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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