POLICE teamed up with medics to get a get across a hard-hitting message to drink drivers over the festive period.
The joint Cleveland and Durham Christmas drink and drug drive campaign was previewed at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, on Friday where motorists were reminded of the dangers of driving while under the influence.
Inspector Ed Turner, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “As roads policing officers we see, all too often, the devastation that is caused by those who get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, whether that be because someone got straight into their vehicle after a drink or because they decided to drive the morning after a heavy night.
“We want to show people that their actions have consequences, and those consequences can leave you, or someone that you know – a family member or a friend, or someone that you have never even met seriously or fatally injured.
“Ask yourself if you want that on your conscience before you get behind the wheel.”
In 2013, there were seven fatal collisions involving a drunk driver in the Cleveland and Durham force areas and 18 people were seriously injured as a result of a collision involving a drunk driver.
The family of Durham woman Jacqueline Dowdall, 43, joined the launch of the campaign.
Jacqueline was killed in April last year after the car she was travelling in was hit by another car travelling in excess of 100mph being driven by a driver more than twice the legal limit.