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North Yorkshire Police Urge “Less Drinking, More Thinking” This Summer


6:14am 2nd July 2014

The initiative called “Less Drinking, More Thinking” launched on Wednesday 2 July 2014, will run for eight weeks raising the awareness of the dangers of excess drinking not only to themselves but to others around them.

The campaign also  focuses attention on a range of issues including drink driving, domestic abuse, water safety, home security and looking after personal items.

Drink driving

People are warned not to drive while under the influence of alcohol and reminded about the serious consequences. It is a fact that people driving whilst over the limit are far more likely to be involved a serious or fatal collision, which could kill or injure them, or someone else.

Those who get caught and are lucky enough to escape injury, face losing their licence while gaining a criminal conviction and a fine of up to £5,000.

Domestic abuse

A large number of domestic abuse incidents involve alcohol as an aggravating factor. People are asked to enjoy the company of those around them and not to spoil it by having too much to  drink.

Domestic abuse is unacceptable however it manifests itself. It is not always violence, but can involve emotional, sexual or financial and can be against any age, gender, sexuality or ethnic background.

Water safety

Think twice about drinking alcohol near to open water as consuming too much seriously impairs your ability and judgment.

People who are intoxicated may be unaware of the dangers around them, such as slippery river banks, and if they get into difficulties may not be able to take action to save themselves.

If there are warning signs near the water, take note of the information, it’s there for a reason.

Look after your stuff and yourself

People who are going to drink on a night out are asked not to leave themselves vulnerable to people or situations which may cause them harm.

When out and about people should make sure that they know where their friends are and keep track of their stuff.

Getting home safely

Before going on a night out people are asked to think about how they will get home safely.

The best option is booking a taxi with a reputable firm. However, anyone who chooses to walk home, shouldn’t do so alone.  Alcohol can impair judgement and make people unaware of the dangers around them. So they should plan their route home. Use a well lit route, stick to it and avoid parks or dark short cuts.

Keeping burglars out

Homeowners are being reminded not to let their guard down in the warm weather by leaving doors unlocked and windows open when they are not around.

It takes only a few moments for an opportunist thief to take advantage of a vulnerable property. So if people are using the back garden make sure that the front door is locked.

When leaving the house unoccupied take a few moments to check that all doors are locked and there aren’t any windows left open which thieves could use to get in.

Chief Constable Dave Jones said:

“North Yorkshire and the City of York are great places to live, work and visit."

“With the warmer weather, we know that more people will about and about enjoying themselves and I am sure that some of them will having a drink. If you are one of these people, I am asking you to think about how much you are drinking so that you stay safe this summer."

“I am also asking that you take a few simple steps to avoid spoiling your summer. These include making sure you plan nights out before hand so that you can get home safely, don’t take risks near open water and making sure that you remember home security to keep burglars out."

“If you are a victim of domestic abuse, I urge you to come forward. We have specially trained officers who can support you, as well as working with partners who offer advice and guidance."

“My officers are also maintaining their vigilance for people who drive under the influence of alcohol and anyone caught drink driving can expect to be dealt with robustly.”

“Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe summer and come back to visit the county next summer.”

For more information about North Yorkshire Police’s Summer Safety Campaign please visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/summer.

Anyone who is the victim of domestic abuse is being urged to come forward and get help.  If the would prefer not to contact the police other agencies are available to offer support. These include:

IDAS - 03000 110110

CAB - 01609 776551

24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000247


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