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Stay safe, don't drink and drive

Police have issued a stark warning to motorists ahead of this weekend when many people will be out enjoying Christmas events.

Their message is simple - do not drink and drive, or drive while under the influence of drugs.

It is a familiar refrain at this time of year but unfortunately too many people ignore the warnings and refuse to heed advice.

According to the PSNI, 195 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving in just two weeks.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd described the figures as 'frustrating and disappointing.'

He pointed out that those arrested will face a court appearance in the New Year and a driving ban that will have a huge impact in terms of work and family life.

There is no doubt these are serious consequences but the repercussions could be much worse if such reckless behaviour had resulted in a crash causing death or injury.

It is not worth the risk and with police mounting vehicle checkpoints and random breath tests, there is an increased chance of getting caught, even the morning after a night out.

So this weekend and throughout the holiday season, it is incumbent on all drivers to take care on our roads and ensure everyone has a safe and happy Christmas.

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