New Year's drink drive warning from police.
POLICE are urging motorists not to start their new year with a driving ban.
Northumbria Police force is currently running a month-long crackdown on drink driving and all drivers involved in crashes during December will be breath tested, as well as those caught speeding or suspected of drink driving.
But the force will also be keeping an eye out for bad driving following New Year's parties and is reminding drivers that anyone caught drink driving will be banned from the road for at least 12 months, fined up to PS5,000 and could start 2014 behind bars.
Motor Patrols Chief Inspector George Maratty said: "We want people to enjoy their holidays but to do so safely. And if you're going out, socialising and having a drink then don't take the risk - get a taxi or public transport.
"Remember that if you're drinking then the alcohol will still be in your system the next day and that if you are stopped by police then you may be breathalysed and arrested if found to be over the limit.
"2014 is a new year and it will be a fresh new start for many people, the last thing anyone wants is to start it in jail or with a driving ban for drink driving. Drink driving cost lives and ruins lives - think before you drink over these holidays."
Anyone who suspects anyone of drink driving should contact the police's road safety unit on 101 ext 69191.