Horrific toll of drink driving offences

SHOCKING figures today revealed 730 people were hurt or killed in drink-drive accidents during weekends in the East of England last year.In excess of a third of those incidents happened between 10pm and 3am, according to statistics released by the Department for Transport.

SHOCKING figures today revealed 730 people were hurt or killed in drink-drive accidents during weekends in the East of England last year.

In excess of a third of those incidents happened between 10pm and 3am, according to statistics released by the Department for Transport.

The revelation comes as The Evening Star's pledge to name and shame anyone convicted of drink-driving continues.

Road safety minister Jim Fitzpatrick urged motorists to act responsibly.

“Drink-driving ruins lives,” he said.

“Last year 540 people died in this pointless, avoidable way - that's lives shattered and the dreams of family and friends devastated.

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“I have been out with police on their Christmas crackdown this year and was amazed at how even the smallest sign can give drink-drivers away to these highly trained officers.

“Being caught has serious consequences - a criminal record, minimum one-year driving ban and large fine.

“It's just not worth paying this price for a couple of drinks at the Christmas party. Leave the car keys at home.”

Of the 730 drink-drive casualties, 152 people were killed or seriously injured while 578 people received minor injuries.

The figures have been published as part of the government's Christmas Think! anti drink-drive campaign.

The campaign will feature new radio, television, cinema and internet adverts.

Driving a vehicle while over the legal limit could result in six months' imprisonment, plus a fine of up to £5,000 and a driving ban of at least 12 months.

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