Not even one – because just one drink can kill, is the key message from local police after this year’s winter drink-drive operation got underway on Thursday past.
Chief Supt Brian Kee detailed the drink-driving detections across H District which includes Larne, Ballymena, Coleraine, Moyle and Ballymoney last Christmas.
“During the winter drink-drive operation, police detected 25 people who were over the limit.
“It is shocking to consider that 25 people took the risk of killing or injuring themselves, their family, friends and other innocent road users by deciding to drive after drinking.”
He urged: “If you find yourself asking the question: ‘I wonder if I’m OK to drive?’ Or if you find yourself trying to calculate if you are under the drink-drive limit, whether that’s after one drink, or the morning after a night out, just don’t take the risk. The consequences could be catastrophic.”
The PSNI chief added: “People don’t accidentally have a beer or glass of wine. They make a conscious decision. It only takes one drink to impair your decision-making ability. The only right decision is to leave the car or motorbike at home if you’re drinking.”