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Council warning about drink driving

Tower Hamlets Council has launched a poster campaign to remind drivers that even one alcoholic drink can put you over the legal limit to drive.
These adverts have been installed at different locations across the borough for the duration of the festive holiday period.
The campaign aims to reduce the number of people who drink alcohol and drive over Christmas.
In 2013, drink driving claimed 240 lives in the UK accounting for 14 per cent of all road fatalities.
By drinking and driving, you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road.
Drivers should be aware that they could still be over the legal limit many hours after their last drink, even if it is the next morning.
Sleep, coffee and cold showers don’t help to sober you up – time is the only way to get alcohol out of the body.
Anyone caught over the legal alcohol limit when driving will be banned from driving for at least 12 months, and fined up to £5,000.
You can also be given between three and 11 penalty driving points and you could be sent to prison for up to six months.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “Whilst the council wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday we do warn residents and visitors to drink responsibly. Please be considerate of other road users and refrain from putting yourself and anyone else in danger by drinking and driving.”
To avoid drinking and driving:
•    Arrange within your group of friends who is going to be the designated driver;
•    If you live somewhere with good public transport links take advantage of them or make sure you have numbers for taxi service;
•    If you have no option but to drive, stick to soft drinks.