Police Sergeant David Sanderson with a vehicle wrecked in a fatal drink-driving incident. Part of the Smashed campaign. Picture by Laura Holme.
POLICE have urged Isle of Wight party-goers to nominate a designated driver before heading out to town this New Year’s Eve tonight (Monday).
It came as Hampshire Constabulary’s Smashed drink-drive campaign nears its end, with more than 100 people across the Isle of Wight and Hampshire arrested for drink-driving since December 1.
Officers have posted messages on Facebook and Twitter, encouraging people to get organised before they head out tonight.
Roads policing unit Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley said: "People pulled over for drink-drink after a night out are often full of excuses but none of them are ever good enough.
"New Year’s Eve falls in the same month and on the same date every year so there’s no excuse not to plan ahead. If you can afford to go out and drink, you can afford to keep aside some money for a taxi home.
"Why not offer to buy one of your mates soft drinks all night, or pay for them to get into a club in exchange for that lift home?"
Police warned that tolerance to alcohol depends on weight, build, age, gender, stress levels and recent food consumption, meaning two people drinking the same amount can have very different reactions.
The also warned that it you do not have to feel drunk to be a drunk-driver.
"The safest way to make sure you don’t drink drive is not to drink if you are driving or leave the car keys at home if you’re out drinking," said the spokesman.
Hampshire Constabulary has asked the public to text 80999 to report anyone they suspect of drink-driving or being drug impaired behind the wheel. All information will be received anonymously.
Chief Inspector Bottomley added: "With more drink-drive operations than ever before, we’re bound to catch more offenders. However, it’s still foolish enough to drink and drive. You don’t have to do it, so don’t."