Ministry of Defence Police Northern Ireland

Winter Drink Drive Campaign

The Police Service of Northern Ireland are about to launch their annual winter campaign to catch drink drivers across Northern Ireland.

These will include targeted day and night operations in the weeks leading up to Christmas and into the New Year.

The Ministry of Defence Police will support this campaign by targeting drivers who arrive at work the next morning still under the influence of alcohol from the night before.MOD Police Crest

Drink and drive and you are likely to be arrested and brought before the courts. You will almost certainly lose your licence, be fined and have great difficulty in getting insurance in the future.

The simple message from police is: – Don’t Drink and Drive

Don’t Tolerate it – Report it

Domestic abuse does not stop for the “season of goodwill”.

In 2010, the number of incidents of reported on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years day constituted a quarter of those reported for the entire period from 17 December 2010 to 10 January 2011, (figures provided by PSNI).

This is not unusual.

Research shows that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse.

Many victims do not report it due to the fear of stigma or anxiety about the future, particularly when children and dependents are involved.

When police attend incidents of domestic abuse, victims and their families are assisted to ensure their immediate and long term safety.

The most pressing cases are referred to a Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), where with relevant agencies including Army Welfare where appropriate, a plan is produced to keep the victim and family safe, in line with the victim’s wishes.

If you face abuse this Christmas, our message is:

Don’t Tolerate it – Report it

One Punch could shatter your world

In the past seven years, 18 people inNorthern Irelandhave died as a result of one punch assaults.

In 17 cases the consumption of alcohol was a factor, with many incidents happening outside licensed premises.

Hundreds of more people have suffered life-changing injuries.

The tragedy is that most of these victims went to have a good night out and ended up with their worlds shattered. For their families the effect has been devastating, overnight their lives are changed forever.

For offenders and their families too, the experience is shattering as they face the likelihood of a murder or manslaughter charge and a life long criminal record.

Analysis shows that young men aged 16-25 are more likely to be involved in such assaults as victims and offender.

In partnership with PSNI, the Ministry of Defence Police in Northern Ireland are launching an awareness campaign to the community highlighting the risks involved in violence, whether inside or outside the camps both in physical harm and the possibility of a murder trail and conviction.

Our advice, this Christmas: enjoy yourself, stay safe and don’t let nights out be lights out for you or your friends.

The poster campaign commencing on 1 December 2011, is designed to raise awareness of potentially lethal One Punch attacks.1punch

Don’t become a victim this Christmas.

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