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The City of London Police plan to enforce strict penalties to anyone found driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the Square Mile this Christmas season.

Drivers getting behind the wheel while under the influence could get a jail sentence for Christmas if caught by City of London Police.

Throughout December, the Square Mile’s force will be supporting the National Police Chief’s Council’s month-long operation targeting people who choose to drive after consuming alcohol or drugs.

Last Christmas, the number of people arrested for drug and drink driving offences in the City tripled compared to the previous month.

A number of arrests have already been made as part of this year’s operation, leaving sergeant Dean Verges to hail the work of his colleagues.

He said: “The City of London Police is committed to enforcing the law which says that if you drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs you can face an unlimited fine, disqualification from driving, and more than a decade in prison.

“We understand that during the busy Christmas period events in the nearby area or bad weather can affect local transport routes or people may go for an impromptu drink after work with colleagues. A change of plans is not an excuse for drink or drug driving.

“Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can affect your ability to drive safely. Not only does this endanger other road users but it also puts your own life at risk.

“Our message is don’t let your friends and family be without you this Christmas.”

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