Cops kick off football drink drive arrests


Police are warning World Cup viewers not to risk a red card on the roads as far as drinking and driving is concerned.

Thames Valley officers kicked off their anti-drink driving tactics as soon as the first World Cup match began – and already they have arrested 119 motorists.

Most were men, and the average age of those who fell foul of a breath test was 37.

Extra patrols have been launched during the World Cup to target suspects on the way home from pubs and even during the morning after.

“Just because you haven’t had a drink for a few hours, it doesn’t mean all the alcohol has left your system and you can drive,” said Superintendant Lucy Hutson

“You are still likely to be over the limit.”

She said even drinking just four pints of lager could render somebody unfit to get behind the wheel for up to 13 hours.

She added: “Whether you are drinking in the afternoon at a summer barbecue, drinking while you are watching a World Cup game or going out for a few drinks in the evening, make sure you are safe to drive.”

If caught and convicted, drink drivers can face a possible prison term and driving ban.

Superintendent Hutson said: “Is it worth the risk? The answer is simple – no, it isn’t.”

The campaign, aptly called ‘Is it Worth the Risk?’ will run throughout the summer.

It can be followed on Twitter on @ThamesVP#IsItWorthTheRisk#WatchYourGame or on the Thames Valley Police Facebook page.