With pubs, bars and restaurants able to open from 4 July, Cheshire’s emergency services are urging motorists not to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

While it may be tempting to have a drink and then drive home – Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service stress it is important to remember that even one alcoholic drink can significantly affect a motorist’s ability to react to their surroundings.

Road safety enforcement and education is being stepped up throughout the summer months – as both emergency services work towards their common goal to make roads safe for everyone.

Supt Jo Marshall-Bell, Cheshire Police’s head of roads and crime unit, said: “Many people will be looking forward to pubs, restaurants and bars reopening so they can finally go out and celebrate all those occasions missed during lockdown and have fun with their family and friends.

“We absolutely want everyone to have a great time this summer, but it is so important that road users understand the seriousness of their actions and that the consequences can be fatal.

“One knock on your loved one’s door from one of our specialist officers can bring your family’s world crashing down. No one wants to hear the news that their loved one is not coming home because they took the risk and drove after having a drink, or taking drugs.

“We do not go out policing the roads for the sake of it – we are doing it to save lives.”

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