No Christmas dinner for drink-drivers, warn police

Chief Insp Andy Bottomley and the type of meal people in cells over Christmas can expect

Chief Insp Andy Bottomley and the type of meal people in cells over Christmas can expect

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Drink-drivers caught of Christmas Day face missing their turkey and trimmings while they wait  to sober up in a police cell.

It will be very much business as usual for Hampshire Constabulary’s roads policing officers on December 25, as the force’s anti-drink-and-drug drive campaign, Smashed, continues.

Officers will be out on roads conducting breath tests of motorists suspected of driving under the influence.

Last year 31 people were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day and 22 were subsequently charged.

Sergeant Jay Hewes, who will be part of drink-drive operations on Christmas Day, said: “While Christmas is a particularly special and sentimental day in our calendar, it won’t be enough to spare you from the cells if you’ve been caught drink-driving.

“There are no 'get out of jail free' cards and their certainly no Christmas dinner awaiting you back at the station.

“If you know you have to pick up a relative from the train station on Christmas Eve, are collecting the kids from a party or you’re driving everyone to a social event, just make sure you don’t drink. The success of the festivities do not depend on whether you get to drink or not so don’t take the risk.”

Hampshire Constabulary arrested 240 drivers in total last Christmas, with 173 later charged. So far this year, officers had already arrested 109 people – 84 male and 25 female – on suspicion of drink driving.

Andy Bottomley, chief inspector for roads policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said: “Any amount of alcohol affects your reaction times. Add a car to that and you’re looking at life-changing and potentially fatal consequences.

“At this time of year alcohol tends to play a big part in the celebrations, whether it’s in a glass or in the food you’re eating. Many festive foods are laced with alcohol and this can be enough to put you over the limit.

“Ignorance is not an excuse and arrogance will simply not be tolerated. Drink-drive and you could destroy someone's life, someone whose family we’ll have to visit to explain their loved one won’t be home for Christmas.

“Please don’t drink and drive. It’s not worth the risk.”

Hampshire Constabulary is asking members of the public across the two counties to text 80999 to report anyone they suspect of drink driving or being drug impaired behind the wheel. The information will be received anonymously, and senders simply need to text the precise location where the driver was last seen, direction of travel if possible, and as many vehicle details as possible – most importantly the number plate.

The number is a text-only service, and will not take phone calls but anyone witnessing a drink drive offence in progress can call 999.

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6:23pm Fri 21 Dec 12

SotonLad says...

I've been told that prisoners at the 'new' Southampton Central police custody have freshly cooked meals from the canteen.
I've been told that prisoners at the 'new' Southampton Central police custody have freshly cooked meals from the canteen. SotonLad
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7:27pm Fri 21 Dec 12

bazzeroz says...

SotonLad wrote:
I've been told that prisoners at the 'new' Southampton Central police custody have freshly cooked meals from the canteen.
And then they gob in it. I'll supply some if they want it.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: I've been told that prisoners at the 'new' Southampton Central police custody have freshly cooked meals from the canteen.[/p][/quote]And then they gob in it. I'll supply some if they want it. bazzeroz
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8:35pm Fri 21 Dec 12

__KTF__ says...

"Drink-drivers caught of Christmas Day"

Seems the sub-ed was down the pub this afternoon.
"Drink-drivers caught of Christmas Day" Seems the sub-ed was down the pub this afternoon. __KTF__
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10:02pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Uberarticuno says...

SotonLad wrote:
I've been told that prisoners at the 'new' Southampton Central police custody have freshly cooked meals from the canteen.
They get a meal if they are there over the dinner period. They get to choose from a few but they aren't exactly gormet. Probably burger and chips. No alternative for a proper christmas meal.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: I've been told that prisoners at the 'new' Southampton Central police custody have freshly cooked meals from the canteen.[/p][/quote]They get a meal if they are there over the dinner period. They get to choose from a few but they aren't exactly gormet. Probably burger and chips. No alternative for a proper christmas meal. Uberarticuno
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11:10pm Fri 21 Dec 12

bazzeroz says...

__KTF__ wrote:
"Drink-drivers caught of Christmas Day"

Seems the sub-ed was down the pub this afternoon.
I'm sure they put these typo's in to keep US on our toez
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: "Drink-drivers caught of Christmas Day" Seems the sub-ed was down the pub this afternoon.[/p][/quote]I'm sure they put these typo's in to keep US on our toez bazzeroz
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11:39pm Fri 21 Dec 12

WECOMING4U says...

What a pathetic picture, is he auditioning for Oliver? Safe driving everybody over the festive period.
What a pathetic picture, is he auditioning for Oliver? Safe driving everybody over the festive period. WECOMING4U
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10:44am Sat 22 Dec 12

andysaints007 says...

bazzeroz wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
"Drink-drivers caught of Christmas Day"

Seems the sub-ed was down the pub this afternoon.
I'm sure they put these typo's in to keep US on our toez
I think southy is moonlighting at the echo
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: "Drink-drivers caught of Christmas Day" Seems the sub-ed was down the pub this afternoon.[/p][/quote]I'm sure they put these typo's in to keep US on our toez[/p][/quote]I think southy is moonlighting at the echo andysaints007
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5:11pm Sat 22 Dec 12

G0Rf says...

microwave shapherds pie or lasagne
microwave shapherds pie or lasagne G0Rf
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5:45pm Sat 22 Dec 12

IronLady2010 says...

My parents always threatened me that if I was naughty the police would feed me bread and water.

These days the kids think they can have a McDonalds in Police Cells.

How times change!!!
My parents always threatened me that if I was naughty the police would feed me bread and water. These days the kids think they can have a McDonalds in Police Cells. How times change!!! IronLady2010
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