Traffic police intensify drink-drive operations for World Cup
That's the message from TISPOL, the European Police Traffic Network, which says that the action forms part of its commitment to saving lives across Europe.
TISPOL president, Javier Sanchez Ferragut, explained: 'The Cup Final venue, Soccer City, can fit nearly 95,000 spectators. Now imagine a block of 10,000 empty seats. That represents the number of people who lose their lives on Europe's roads each year in alcohol-related collisions.'
The organisation is warning football fans that measures to clamp down on drink drivers will be stepped up during the World Cup in the 13 TISPOL member countries that are represented at the tournament. It also highlighted that the drink-drive limit in all these countries is 50 mg blood alcohol content (BAC), with the exception of the UK, where it is 80 mg and Slovakia, where it is zero.
Javier Sanchez Ferragut called on supporters to be responsible about enjoying the football action and also warned about the effects of alcohol the morning after.
He added: 'Our message is to plan sensibly so that your enjoyment of the World Cup action, and hopefully the good summer weather, will have no impact on your safety as a driver. If you do drink and drive, you have a very high chance of being caught and punished.'