Police in Cookstown are reminding revellers to celebrate the World Cup responsibly.
The PSNI says it’s often the morning after that catches people out, so if anyone intend having a few drinks then they must make sure they leave enough time to sober up before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Road Policing Chief Inspector Andrew Wilson says even though Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are not competing there will still be plenty of interest in this year’s World Cup.
“Alcohol affects everyone differently and even if you feel you can drive chances are you may still be over the limit the morning after, especially if you have taken more than you usually would. Our advice is not to take the risk at all and to use public transport or arrange a lift with someone who hasn’t been drinking,” he says.
Focused operations will take place throughout the tournament including cross border work with colleagues in An Garda Siochana, according to the PSNI.
And it’s not just motorists who need to be careful.
“If you decide to walk home after a night out then make sure you keep to the footpaths and can be seen by other road users. If you are at all unsteady on your feet then take a taxi. Cyclists also need to take care and ensure they are fit to ride,” says the Chief Inspector.
“The sobering reality is you are putting your own life and the lives of others at risk. Driving while over the limit is shameful and too many people have lost their lives or have been left seriously injured because of the selfishness of a drunk driver. Don’t take that chance, not even after one drink, as the consequences can be devastating for everyone,” he adds.