Fire chief’s warning on drink-driving

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Fire and Rescue has issued a fresh warning about the dangers of drink-driving after reporting a busy Christmas period. Fire crews were called out to around 180 incidents across the county between Friday, December 22 and Wednesday, December

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Fire and Rescue has issued a fresh warning about the dangers of drink-driving after reporting a busy Christmas period.

Fire crews were called out to around 180 incidents across the county between Friday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 27, nine of which were house fires, including a chimney fire in Reach.

Crews also attended nearly 30 traffic collisions, prompting a warning from deputy chief fire officer Lawrie Booth.

"We remind people not to drive after drinking alcohol," he said.

"Cutting people out of cars who have serious injuries or have not survived, is not a pleasant thing to have to do at any time of the year but at Christmas and New Year it can be particularly distressing - please do take care on the roads.

He added: "We urge the public to continue to take care with their celebrations. A few simple precautions can be taken to make sure you have a safe but enjoyable time. Ensure you have a working smoke alarm and do not remove the batteries to use on any Christmas gifts that need them.