It has been another busy festive period for emergency services personnel around the country.
Most people had perhaps been looking forward to a rest from the rigours of work by spending some well-earned time with family and friends.
But, of course, you have the usual individuals who like nothing more than to pay a total disregard to the same laws which you and I abide by, because we want to live in a decent and civilised society.
Below is a reflection of just how busy things were for the emergency services, as recounted, in a festive manner, by the Cleveland and Durham Road Policing Unit via their Facebook page:
‘In what could only be described as a manic and challenging Christmas period for officers, this is what Cleveland B relief were up to…
‘On Christmas Night, the driver of the Vauxhall Corsa thought he’d try and outrun the X5 in Middlesbrough, but had been at the Brandy sauce and his efforts were hampered.
‘One male detained on suspicion of TWOC, drink driving, disqualified driving, no insurance – enquiries ongoing.
‘Another disqualified and drug-driver from the silver Corsa, this time in Southbank. He refused to provide a sample… and will be given a summons and a lump of coal as a late Christmas present.
‘The delivery-driver in the Nissan with slight front-end damage could have done with Rudolph to guide him across a roundabout in Hartlepool, instead opting to Dash straight through the road furniture like a Comet instead.
‘He sleigh-ter provided an evidential sample of 101… and was charged for drink-driving. The customer never received their order for a Donner with all the trimmings.
‘Boxing night was even busier, with officers from the department being drawn into the incident in Eston marketplace.
‘The quad below was sighted being pushed through Southbank, however the male admitted that he was only pushing it as it had conked out!
‘Bike seized for no insurance, and the male was found in possession of a Zopiclone stocking filler, which has been swapped for a court appearance in January.
‘The gaffer defied the bookies’ low-odds on a White Christmas in Middlesbrough, locking motorists up for driving whilst over the prescribed limit of cocaine, and another for possession of cocaine over the shift.
‘Another male found himself in custody after crashing his car at Swans Corner, and providing a positive breath sample at the roadside.
‘And finally, in Thornaby, RPU officers and dogs rounded up the occupants of a Fiat Punto abandoned after a pursuit.
‘Two males were detained for TWOC and driving offences, one went on to fail to provide a sample in custody and will be before a court for this offence if nothing else.’
A spokesperson for the unit went on to say that:
‘Around 60 persons have been through the custody system for drink-or-drug driving offences on the Cleveland side this month.
‘This quite frankly is disgusting and a serious shift in attitude towards impaired driving is needed in order to make our roads safer.
‘If you know someone that drink or drug drives, give them a piece of your mind and hopefully shame them into leaving the car parked up.
‘Ring 101, 999 or Crimestoppers with information about these selfish people and we will do our best to get them off the road and banged up .
Fingers crossed for a safe and civilised New Years….’
Picture credit: Cleveland & Durham Road Policing Unit | Facebook
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