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Facing the truth about drink driving

PUBLISHED: 15:49 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 August 2010

FACIAL disfigurement resulting from drink and drug driving is to feature at the heart of a campaign targeting young adults. Kent Police is aiming the hard-hitting project on issues they believe matter to young people, appearance and job prospects, in thi

FACIAL disfigurement resulting from drink and drug driving is to feature at the heart of a campaign targeting young adults.

Kent Police is aiming the hard-hitting project on issues they believe matter to young people, appearance and job prospects, in this year's anti-drink and drug-driving campaign launched on Monday .

Inspector Paul Sellwood of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "Appearance and first impressions are particularly important to younger people. Anyone who's impaired by drugs or alcohol risks a serious collision which could leave them or their passengers disfigured.

"This could be in the form of a noticeable scar, possibly on the face if someone goes through the windscreen, with a limp, minus an arm or a leg or even as a paraplegic or quadriplegic.

"All of these things have the potential to seriously affect appearance, relationships and how to earn a living. You could end up in a wheelchair, kill yourself or someone else." Officers from the Road Policing Unit will work across the county doing stop checks and testing all drivers who appear to be impaired and those involved in a collision. A total of 250 people are arrested every month for drink driving offences on Kent roads. One in six deaths on Kent roads involve a positive test for either drink or drug taking.

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