Drink less, think more, says police chief as summer safety campaign launched

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RESIDENTS and visitors to North Yorkshire have been advised to do "Less Drinking, More Thinking" this summer.

That is the message from North Yorkshire Police's annual summer safety campaign which launches today and runs until the end of August.

The campaign highlights issues around drinking, including drink driving, and highlighted the significant part alcohol can play in domestic abuse and water safety.

Chief Constable Dave Jones said thinking ahead could help the public stay safe this summer, but people should not be afraid to contact police with their concerns particularly over drink driving or domestic abuse.

Mr Jones said: "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."

Mr Jones also said forward planning could prevent drunk or vulnerable residents putting themselves in danger.

He said: "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."

Following four deaths in York's rivers since January, water safety is another large focus of the campaign.

Mr Jones said: "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."

If you are concerned about domestic abuse, contact the Independent Domestic Abuse Service on 03000 110110, or the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000247.

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9:43am Wed 2 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE.

Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban .
all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE

that would drive home the massage
I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE. Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban . all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE that would drive home the massage Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -3

12:29pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jackanory2 says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE. Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban . all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE that would drive home the massage
Eh?
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE. Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban . all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE that would drive home the massage[/p][/quote]Eh? Jackanory2
  • Score: 3

4:04pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Can't all be wrong says...

Mr Jones, your job is to enforce the laws as laid down by parliament. It is not your job to preach and pontificate to the public at large. Those people who are irisponsible enough to break the laws you refer to are not suddenly going to find a new direction in life because of your lecturing.
Can I suggest you and your fellow officers get on with what your paid to do, arrest and detain those who break the law.
Mr Jones, your job is to enforce the laws as laid down by parliament. It is not your job to preach and pontificate to the public at large. Those people who are irisponsible enough to break the laws you refer to are not suddenly going to find a new direction in life because of your lecturing. Can I suggest you and your fellow officers get on with what your paid to do, arrest and detain those who break the law. Can't all be wrong
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Omega Point says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE.

Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban .
all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE

that would drive home the massage
Have you been drinking, sir?
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE. Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban . all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE that would drive home the massage[/p][/quote]Have you been drinking, sir? Omega Point
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Stevie D says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE.

Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban .
all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE

that would drive home the massage
What about drink–typing? Don't get behind the keyboard when you're drunk, you could lose your poetic licence.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE. Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban . all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE that would drive home the massage[/p][/quote]What about drink–typing? Don't get behind the keyboard when you're drunk, you could lose your poetic licence. Stevie D
  • Score: 1

3:01am Thu 3 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

Jackanory2 wrote:
Dave Ruddock wrote:
I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE. Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban . all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE that would drive home the massage
Eh?
Somebody's been eating too many Rowntrees Randoms.
[quote][p][bold]Jackanory2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: I Say NO DRINK DRIVING, or of LIKE A DRINK,LOOSE THE VEHICLE. Death by such drink/drovers should result in 20 tears prison and then life ban . all other accidents Licence revoked for LIFE that would drive home the massage[/p][/quote]Eh?[/p][/quote]Somebody's been eating too many Rowntrees Randoms. Magicman!
  • Score: 0
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