Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Drink-Driving: My Advice for a Safe Christmas ; Write To: Viewpoints, MEN, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men-News.Co.UK (' A

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Drink-Driving: My Advice for a Safe Christmas ; Write To: Viewpoints, MEN, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men-News.Co.UK (' A

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THE festive season is a time for good cheer, but all too often I see lives ruined because people have a few drinks before getting behind the wheel.

Too regularly I find myself sitting with clients at a police station with them telling me that they only had a couple and didn't think they were over the limit. If you want to avoid this over Christmas the advice is simple: Don't drive if you've had a single drop of alcohol.

Despite constant education campaigns and stories in the media motorists are still caught out by being over the limit the next morning. Just because your last drink was a few hours ago and you've slept since, it doesn't mean the alcohol is out of your system. If you don't want to lose you licence, or worse still Tomorrow 24hrs to 6pm At Home C F noon WEATHER Algiers Athens injure yourself or innocent people, don't take the risk. Just remember that an average of 240 people die every year as a result of drink driving. Don't become a statistic.

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This is wrong. The police don't have to wait until you've had legal advice before they demand a specimen. If you refuse you can lose your licence, even if you weren't over the limit Cherish your moments with your friends and family this Christmas and enjoy all of the delights that come with the festivities.

Just don't drink and Tomorrow 24hrs to 6pm Abroad C F drive or it will be a Christmas you will never forget, but for all the wrong reasons. Paul Reddy, road traffic defence lawyer at Slater and Gordon, Manchester Madrid Malaga Malta Melbourne Mexico City Miami Milan Montreal Moscow Nairobi New Delhi New York Nice Oslo Palma Paris Perth (Aus) Rhodes Rio de Janeiro Seoul Seychelles Singapore Sydney 19 66 Sun Amsterdam 10 50 Rain 12 54 Fair Auckland 23 73 Fair Bahrain 23 73 Sun Barbados 30 86 Fair Barcelona 15 59 Fair 19 66 Sun 6 43 Fair Benidorm 17 63 Fair 8 46 Fair Bermuda 23 73 Fair Budapest 6 43 Cloudy 19 66 Showers Town 24 75 Fair Copenhagen 8 46 Fair 15 59 Sun Brava 16 61 Fair 26 79 Sun Dubrovnik 13 55 Sun Thanks.... Thank you very much to the driver who crashed into the back of my parked silver Polo this morning on Humberstone avenue in Hulme (leaving a big dent in the boot) and didn't bother to leave a note. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. Disgruntled, Hulme Get service .

back on track THERE must be a lot of Northern Rail commuters very happy, after it was announced they have lost their franchise to Arriva.

C F Let's hope that Arriva has a better service than Northern Rail. It's like previous readers have said no customer service, over- crowded trains, and trains well past their sell by date.

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