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Motorists warned of the dangers of driving under the influence at Christmas

Police say it's hard to judge your limits especially during the festive period. Credit: PA Images

Motorists across West Mercia are being warned of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs during the festive period.

Over the past three years:

people were killed.
seriously injured.

following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.

Road Traffic officer holding a breathalyser. Credit: PA Images

There is no foolproof way of calculating how much you can drink and remain under the limit.

Police say it's also hard to calculate how long alcohol may stay in your body if you are driving the morning after.

However, we are very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive under the influence.

The simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all.

– Superintendent Daryn Elton, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police

So the safest option if you are driving is to drink no alcohol at all or take public transport, a taxi or getting a lift from a designated driver.

Pedestrians are also being encouraged to stay safe during the festive season and to plan safe routes home and drink responsibly.