World Cup anti-drink drive campaign launched in Potters Bar

FIREFIGHTERS, police officers and council staff gathered at Potters Bar Football Club to warn residents of the dangers of drink driving during the World Cup.

The photocall, which took place at the club’s South Mimms Travel Stadium ground, off The Walk, marked the launch of an initiative by the Hertfordshire Strategic Road Safety Partnership to stop those who drink from taking to the roads during this summer’s football extravaganza in South Africa.

Throughout the tournament, the partnership - which includes the county council, police and fire service – will be putting posters up in pubs, handing out flyers to drivers and sending information packs sent to local businesses to remind people of the consequences of drinking and driving.

Fans will also be given advice on how to get home from watching a match safely.

Chief inspector Donna Pierce, from Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “While we don’t want to discourage people from getting into the spirit of the competition, it’s important everyone can enjoy the World Cup safely.

“There’s no excuse for drink driving.

“We’ll be present round the clock to take robust action against anyone who threatens

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their own and others’ safety - so if you do try to get away with drinking before getting

behind the wheel, there’s a very good chance you’ll be caught.”

Stuart Pile, the county council’s executive member for highways and transport, added: “I certainly hope we have something to celebrate this World Cup, but please give a thought to how you’re getting home after each game.

“If you’re going to be drinking when watching a match, get a licensed taxi home, arrange for one of your party to be a designated driver or stick to soft drinks - it’s simply not worth the risk.

“I’d urge people to think, how would your life be different if you lost your licence?”

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