Police urge fans to stay safe as England take on Netherlands in Euro 2024 semi-final - The Solihull Observer

Police urge fans to stay safe as England take on Netherlands in Euro 2024 semi-final

Solihull Editorial 10th Jul, 2024   0

THE ATMOSPHERE in pubs was electric over the weekend as England secured their spot in the Euro 2024 semi-finals after a nail-biting penalty shootout against Switzerland.

But while the celebrations were in full swing, West Midlands Police’s licensing teams across the region weren’t taking a break.

Officers visited pubs and licensed premises, checking compliance with licence conditions and ensuring a safe environment for fans enjoying the game.

They also distributed beer mats and posters promoting our ongoing drink drive awareness campaign.

West Midlands Police said: “We’re committed to keeping our roads safe all summer long, and that includes catching those who put innocent lives at risk by getting behind the wheel under the influence.

“There will be an increased policing presence over the Summer, particularly on the roads and at licensed premises and fan zone events during evenings and weekends to provide further reassurance and deter potential drink drivers.

“Even a single drink can significantly impair your driving ability.

“Alcohol affects judgment and reaction time, making it incredibly dangerous to operate a vehicle.

“If you plan to drink, leave your car keys at home and arrange a safe ride home beforehand.

“If you are stopped by police and fail a breathalyser test for alcohol or a Drugwipe test for illegal substances, you will face severe consequences.”

A drink or drug driving conviction can come with a considerable fine, a driving ban and a criminal record.

This can also affect your employment status and you may lose your job.

The force’s Not Coming Home campaign features a powerful and heartbreaking story – “Harry’s Story” – shared by the Chapman family who lost their son and brother to a reckless drink driver.

The film highlights the devastating consequences of one bad decision. Lives are destroyed, and the impact and scars can last a lifetime.

With the Euro semi-final just around the corner, West Midlands Police are urging everyone to enjoy the game responsibly.

  • Plan ahead: Pre-book a taxi, designate a driver, or arrange to stay over at a friend’s place if you know you will be drinking
  • Look out for your mates: If you have a friend who’s had too much to drink and insists on driving, take action. Don’t let them get behind the wheel. Take away their keys and offer to call them a taxi or find another way for them to get home safely. Your intervention could save their life and the lives of others on the road.
  • Report dangerous driving: If you suspect someone is driving under the influence regularly, report it. Every report helps keep the roads safe. In an emergency, always call 999.

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