Police begin World Cup drink driving patrols
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are running extra high-visibility and
covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers throughout
the World Cup football tournament.
are encouraging people across the Burnham-On-Sea area to drink responsibly
while enjoying the football in an attempt to reduce drink-related
violence and anti-social behaviour.
part of a drink driving campaign, called Operation Tonic, Police
are reminding those watching evening matches to make sure they dont
drive the next morning if they have been drinking heavily the night
before as they may still be over the limit.
will be running additional high visibility and covert patrols aimed
at targeting drink and drug drivers - and flyers will be left on
vehicles parked near pubs, bars and other drinking hotspots to warn
drivers that Op Tonic patrols are in action nearby and remind them
of the dangers of drink-driving.
wishing to report a drink drive incident can text 07400 279101 with
the word 'drunk' and details of the car, location and driver and
the Police will review every message.
received over 340 tip offs during their Winter Operation Tonic campaign
which showed the publics lack of tolerance for this behaviour.
Police responded to three quarters (77%) of the intellignce and
all other information received was fed into future investigations
and intelligence for ongoing road safety management.
Inspector John Holt said: "The majority of offences that increase
during the World Cup are drink-related, such as a disagreement between
two pub-goers that escalates into a fight or criminal damage incidents
on the way home."
want people to go out and enjoy the matches during the World Cup
but our advice is to make sure you do so responsibly. You dont
want to find yourself being fined, being arrested or risking a criminal
conviction after a night out that got out of hand."
may also be risking a Football Banning Order if you are arrested
for an offence at a match or when watching a match, which can prevent
you attending future football matches including potentially the
next World Cup in Qatar, and can restrict your travel at home and
know the majority of football fans who go out to watch the match
act responsibly and our message is to make sure you arent
one of the small minority who end up in our cells at the end of
we suspect an offence has been committed, including offences like
domestic abuse or drink driving, we will arrest and we will look
to prosecute wherever appropriate."
if you are a victim of domestic abuse then please do report it,
we will investigate and we can help you get the support and advice
you need. We will also have extra specialist staff during and after
matches to respond to calls."
while there is no intelligence to indicate an increased threat to
World Cup screenings or any other summer events, sadly we have seen
that these big public events and crowded spaces can be targeted
by those who want to cause harm."
want to reassure the public that the police, partners and the event
organisers are doing all we can to keep them safe and secure. Some
of that protection can be seen with visible security guards and
local officers, and a significant amount of the security measures
will be less obvious and are deployed for extra protection. Fans
can help us by watching by immediately reporting any suspicious
behaviour and activity."
report an offence, such as domestic abuse or if you know about someone
currently driving under the influence of drink or drugs, call 999.
general reporting or enquiries call our non-emergency number 101
or text 07400 279101 with the word 'drunk' to report a drink drive