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Lincolnshire Police increase patrols for Euros 2024 safety





Lincolnshire Police are ramping up patrols and setting up drink and drug driving checkpoints as the Euros kick off this week.

Additional patrols and strict enforcement will be in place to mitigate football-related crime and disorder from Friday (June 14) until July 14.

Historical data reveals a significant increase in drink and drug-driving arrests around major football events.

Drink-driving checkpoints set up as Lincolnshire gears up for Euros 2024.
Drink-driving checkpoints set up as Lincolnshire gears up for Euros 2024.

During the Euros 2021, arrests surged by 63%, while during the World Cup 2022 there was a 97% increase.

Working with pubs and local authorities, Lincolnshire Police aim to ensure the Euros 2024 remains a joyful and safe event.

Superintendent Pat Coates urged responsible behaviour: "We expect pubs and bars will be busier than usual as people meet up to watch the games.

Enjoy the Euros responsibly! Police ramp up patrols for a safe tournament.
Enjoy the Euros responsibly! Police ramp up patrols for a safe tournament.

"What we are asking is that everyone take responsibility for their alcohol intake and their actions.

“Don’t spoil this for yourself or others. Expect firm, fair and friendly policing.

“We are not out to spoil your fun, but we will arrest you if needs be."

Collaborating with the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP), police aim to curb drink and drug driving.

Simon Outen-Coe, communications manager of the LRSP, warned: "Don’t spoil your enjoyment of the beautiful game and score an own goal by losing your licence and potentially your livelihood by driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs."

Throughout the tournament, police will conduct extra patrols and establish checkpoints at key locations for drink and drug testing.

“Don’t get behind the wheel if you are impaired through alcohol or drugs, either on the night or the following morning if you could still be over the limit,” said Superintendent Coates.

“Have plans in place to get home safely or we will be making other arrangements for you that involve a visit to one of our stations.”



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