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 Calls for #noemptychair this Christmas as police warn about drink driving


We're calling for #noemptychair this Christmas.

Don't be the reason why someone’s loved one is not at the Christmas table, party or festive get together this year because of drink or drug driving.

Thirty eight people were killed on roads in the north east due to a suspected drink or drug driver between 2012-2016.

Officers from Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU) want to make it clear that every death is one too many and leaves an empty chair for that person’s family and loved ones which will never be filled.

Inspector Darren Breslin said: “Drink or drug driving robs people of their loved ones, it causes catastrophic injuries and it wrecks peoples’ lives and livelihoods. No matter who you are, or the situation you’re in, there is no justification.

“We want people to see the campaign and either change their own behaviour or change the behaviour of those around them. No one should turn a blind eye if they suspect someone of drink or drug driving.”

Throughout the festive season the CDSOU will be carrying out random stop checks across the Cleveland and Durham areas.

Officers will also be acting on intelligence and people are encouraged suspected drink or drug drivers on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.