The police are planning an intensive traffic surveillance campaign called “Sober in pre-Christmas traffic” for the last two weekends of November (November 15-17 and November 22-24).
Officers will be stopping and breathalyzing drivers in the evenings and at night in particular. Patrols may also be out on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
“If you are going to a Christmas party and plan on drinking, it is best to leave your car at home and take public transport instead. Remember to wear at least one safety reflector on your outer clothing if you will be walking in the dark,” says Chief Superintendent Timo Ajastefrom the National Police Board in a statement.
In addition to drunk drivers, the police will be keeping an eye out for public disturbances especially in the vicinity of licensed premises. “Police presence outside bars and restaurants helps to prevent disorderly conduct and drunk driving,” Ajaste says.
Drunk drivers killed or injured a total of 399 people between January and September. “November typically has one of the highest rates of serious drunk driving accidents,” Ajaste says.