Drink-drive warning for people of Avon and Somerset during FIFA World Cup

PUBLISHED: 21:00 15 June 2018

Police are encouraging people to drink responsibly as part of the Operation Tonic campaign.

Police are encouraging people to drink responsibly as part of the Operation Tonic campaign.

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Many people will enjoy a drink while watching the FIFA World Cup, but police are reminding football fans to do so responsibly.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is encouraging people to drink responsibly during the football tournament as part of its Operation Tonic campaign.

Police are reminding those watching evening matches to make sure they do not drive the next morning if they have been drinking heavily the night before as they may still be over the limit.

Flyers will be left on vehicles parked near pubs, bars and other drinking hotspots to warn drivers patrols are in action nearby and remind them of the dangers of drink-driving, even the morning after.

The police will share important messages on social media to encourage reporting and to try to reduce the number of offences committed during this year’s tournament.

Chief Inspector John Holt said: “The majority of offences which increase during the tournament are drink-related, such as a disagreement between two pub-goers which escalates into a fight or criminal damage incidents on the way home.

“We want people to go out and enjoy the matches but our advice is to make sure you do so responsibly.

“You don’t want to find yourself being fined, arrested or risking a criminal conviction after a night out got out of hand.

“We know the majority of football fans who go out to watch the match act responsibly and our message is to make sure you are not one of the minority who end up in our cells at the end of the evening.”

People could also face a Football Banning Order if they are arrested for an offence at a match or when watching a match.

Call the non-emergency number 101 to report a drink-drive incident.

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