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Kent Police announce crackdown on drink-driving ahead of this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil

03 June 2014
by James Walker

Football fans are warned to expect a police crackdown on drink-driving for this year’s World Cup.

Kent Police are expecting a surge in drink-driving throughout June and July based on arrests made during 2012 European Championships.

In total officers arrested 361 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, or a similar offence, during Euro 2012.

Anyone suspected of driving illegally will be pulled over and breathlysed.

Police file picture

Police file picture

If found guilty of drink-driving, or failing to provide a specimen, you risk a prison sentence as long as six months, a fine of up to £5,000 and disqualification from driving for at least a year.

Causing death by careless driving can see you locked up for up to 14 years.

Sgt Hannah Brown from the Roads Policing Unit said: “Drink-driving is selfish, unnecessary and dangerous to other innocent road users as well as yourself.  

“There is no safe drink-drive limit. Anyone getting behind the wheel when under the influence can expect to be stopped and brought before the courts.

“Our warning applies not only to those returning home at the end of the night after watching World Cup games in pubs and bars but equally anyone planning a get-together away from the TV.

“Anyone heading home or out to work the next morning may still not be fit to drive and should still expect to be stopped by officers.”

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