POLICE are warning motorists in South Tyneside that they will be banned from the roads if they are caught behind the wheel of a car while over the drink-drive limit.
The reminder comes as people gear up for Christmas parties and New Year celebrations.
Anyone caught drink-driving will be banned from the road for at least 12 months, fined up to £5,000 and could face spending the festive season behind bars.
They also risk the lives of others as well as their own.
Motor patrols Chief Inspector John Heckels, said: “It’s really not worth the risk. That next round of drinks could end up costing people their licence, up to £5,000, or the possibility of spending Christmas in prison.
“Even more sobering is the thought that getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk, or under the influence of drugs, hugely increases your chance of being in a collision and the chance of seriously injuring or killing someone.
“Between 2009 and 2013, 1,573 people were injured in collisions where alcohol was a contributing factor, and 26 people were killed. ”
Anyone who suspects a person of drink driving should contact Northumbria Police Road Safety Unit on 101 ext 69191 or 999 in an emergency.