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ABOVE: Emergency crews in East Hertfordshire have been highlighting the dangers of drink driving in Hertford Town Centre

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If you're caught behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you could be jailed for up to 14 years and banned for at least two.

Hertfordshire's Road Policing Unit is stepping up it's annual festive crackdown on motorists, having pulled over 1,400 drivers in Herts, Beds and Cambs last year.

Of those stopped, 649 people were given either breath or drugs tests. Of these, 45 were positive, refused or failed breath tests and 22 positive drugs tests.

Sergeant Ian Manley of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit told BOB fm: "We are all aware of the risk we pose by getting behind the wheel after a drink, yet some people still choose to gamble with their lives.

"Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving ability. We advise if you're drinking, even one drink, that you arrange another way of getting home."

It comes as emergency crews in East Hertfordshire have been highlighting the dangers of drink driving in Hertford Town Centre.

The event was organised by Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Russell Jones, who was joined by colleagues from Herts Fire and Rescue Service, the Ambulance Service and Austin’s Funeral Directors.

Each organisation brought along a vehicle to symbolise the different consequences of drinking and driving, including a police van, a fire engine and a hearse.

Sergeant Jones said: "We wanted to do something that would have an impact and would make people think twice about drinking and then driving. We hoped seeing the vehicles would get the message across in a meaningful way. We received a very positive response with lots of people stopping to talk to us on the night.

"Every year people choose to gamble their own lives and those of other road users by thinking they will be okay to drive home. The reality is that even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving ability".

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