Football fans in Hartlepool urged to leave cars at home ahead of England game

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FOOTBALL fans are being urged to leave their cars at home.

As the World Cup gets into full flow, Hartlepool Borough Council is asking people to consider the risks of drink-driving and consider the ‘morning after’ factor.

This is where drivers can be still over the limit the next day.

Paul Watson, chairman of Road Safety GB North East, said: “Football fans are rightly excited for the tournament.

“We don’t want to stop people celebrating and having a few drinks.

“However, we do want to make sure people are fully aware of the consequences.”

Statistics show that drink-drivers accounted for 15 per cent of fatalities between 2009 and 2013.

They also show that two-thirds of the incidents occurred between 6pm and 5am, which is when people will be watching the games.

Mr Watson said: “Given that the World Cup games are being televised in the early hours of the morning, it’s inevitable that people will be drinking more at night.

“People need to think about what they’re doing that night, but also what they’re doing the next morning.”