North Yorkshire police are asking you to keep safe.
11:32am 22nd December 2010
(Updated 12:51pm 22nd December 2010)
With the Christmas party season in full swing, North Yorkshire Police are advising people to be mindful of the consequences of drinking to excess.
The festive season often sees a rise in sexual offences being reported to police by women who may have had too much to drink or have had their drinks spiked.
Some people lose control and become violent when drinking to excess.
There are also health issues to consider and drinking too much can not only effect your own health but can have devastating consequences for others too.
This will be highlighted when six men will be sentenced at York Crown Court for their part in a violent drink-fuelled incident in Pateley Bridge, which left Lorraine Venning with a brain injury effecting her sight, hearing, walking and her ability to carry out everyday tasks.
Lorraine will release a statement after sentencing about the devastating effect alcohol- fuelled violence has had on her life.
Assistant Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, of North Yorkshire Police, said:
“By all means go out and enjoy yourself over the festive period but please be aware that drinking to excess carries dangers which people often don’t stop to think about.
“The dangers of having one too many can have a profound effect on your own life or the life of someone else.
“Drinking too much can make people act out of character, but that one moment of madness can change your or another person’s life forever.”
ACC Madgwick also warned women that they can be more susceptible to sexual assaults if they drink to excess and become unaware of their surroundings.
"It is important for women to be careful about how much they are drinking on a night out. Be alert to who is around you and look out for your friends, especially if they have had too much to drink.
“Keep an eye on your drink and don’t leave it unattended. Don’t go home alone – make transport arrangements before you go out and don’t leave anyone behind.
“Becoming the victim of a sexual assault is devastating. Be sensible and do everything possible to stay safe.”
Police are offering the following advice to people who are planning on going out to celebrate over the festive season:
*Know your limits and don’t exceed them.
*If you don’t normally go out, don’t try and keep up with regular drinkers.
*Look out for your friends – especially if they’ve had too much to drink.
*Make arrangements to get home before you go out and don’t leave anyone behind.
*Don’t leave your drink unattended.
*Don’t drink and drive.
Meawnhile there is special support for North Yorkshire Police's Christmas drink drive campaign
Special Constables worked alongside traffic officers in the Selby area to conduct roadside checks as part of North Yorkshire Police's Christmas drink drive enforcement campaign.
Eight officers, from both Selby and York, were on duty during the evening of Monday 20 December at Leeds Road in Selby and on the A19 at Brayton Church.
During the operation a total of 26 drivers were breathalysed. The team also issued nine Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme notices, seven HORT 1s (these are issued to drivers who don’t have their driving documents with them when they are stopped so that they can nominate a police station at which they will produce them), three fixed penalty notices and gave 11 verbal warnings.
Special Constabulary District Officer Neil Williams said:
“it is very satisfying for the Special Constabulary to support the drink drive campaign. We are more than happy to give up our free time, and even in temperatures of -10oc, knowing that we are making a real difference in our community."
PICTURE: Special Constabulary District Officer Neil Williams
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