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Police plan crackdown on festive drink drivers

By Donna Deeney

Police in Foyle have vowed to get tough with anyone caught drink-driving this Christmas.

Derry will be the pilot area for a new scheme which will see anyone over the legal limit fast tracked to the courts.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Garry Eaton said that if you want to have a drink this Christmas then leave the car at home.

“There is no hiding place — at the very least you will lose your licence and possibly your job but do you really want to be responsible for the loss of a life?” he said.

“Our city centre will also benefit from increased patrolling to prevent fights breaking out and we will be making full use of our Safe Shop scheme to protect businesses from theft and fraud.”

The senior officer also warned drug dealers not to use the festive party season to sell narcotics.

“No one wants to see our city centre or residential areas on the city or waterside blighted with illegal drugs,” said Mr Eaton.

“We will be making full use of the resources we have, including the passive drugs dog, to find those criminals who make money from the addiction of others.”

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