MOTORISTS in South Tyneside are being warned by police not to start their new year with a ban.
Officers are reminding drivers to ‘think before they drink’ as they see in 2014 and avoid being arrested for drink driving.
Northumbria Police is running a month-long crackdown on drink-driving.
Anyone caught drink-driving will be banned from the road for at least 12 months, fined up to £5,000 and could face a spell behind bars.
Motor Patrols Chief Inspector George Maratty said: “We want people to enjoy their holidays but to do so safely.
“If you’re going out, socialising and having a drink, then don’t take the risk – get a taxi or public transport.”
He also warned people to be aware they may still be over the limit the next day, as the alcohol will still be in their system.
He added: “2014 is a new year and it will be a fresh new start for many people. The last thing anyone wants is to start it in jail or with a driving ban for drink-driving.
“Drink-driving cost lives and ruins lives.”