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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Police give World Cup drink/drive warning

Police have reminded football fans not to risk driving if they plan to drink while watching the World Cup.

The tournament starts tonight in Brazil and the final is on July 13.

England’s first match of the tournament is on Saturday against Italy and kicks off at 11pm.

Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “We want to remind those watching the game to not drive home after the match if they have been drinking alcohol. If you do have a drink please arrange for a lift or book a taxi. We hope that the people of Cumbria work with us to make sure the World Cup is an enjoyable experience for everybody.”

Police are also running a campaign throughout June to encourage people not to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

Sergeant Paul Brown, who is leading this campaign, said: “It is simple, alcohol and drugs affect your ability to drive and no-one should ever drive if not fit to do so. We really hope that people enjoy the tournament and that there is a reason to celebrate.

“However we ask that this is done responsibly and not at the risk of your own or other people’s lives.”

Police & Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “I can only echo the advice of the Constabulary on this. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable World Cup, and ensure that they do not risk their own safety, and the safety of others, by driving under the influence of drink or drugs.”

Anyone who spots someone they think is driving under the influence of drink or drugs has been asked to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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