As England are due to kick off for their first World Cup 2018 match, police have issued a stark warning to drink drivers and domestic abusers.
Both undercover and high visibility drink driving patrols will be put in place across Avon and Somerset during the tournament to catch people getting in the car after a heavy night.
Officers have also urged victims of domestic abuse to report the crime so it can be investigated.
Police and crime commissioner for Avon and Somerset, Sue Mountstevens, said: “Drink and drug driving can have devastating consequences. Many people will be having fun over the summer and enjoying the World Cup, hosting gatherings and socialising with family and friends. I fully support the police in their efforts to keep the roads across Avon and Somerset safe, not only this summer but all year round.”
Avon and Somerset Police is targeting drink drivers through its Operation Tonic campaign, and is warning drivers that they could still be over the limit the morning after a night of drinking heavily.
Domestic abuse is also high on the police’s list of priorities during the World Cup, with officers encouraging victims to come forward.
Chief inspector John Holt said: “If you are a victim of domestic abuse then please do report it, we will investigate and we can help you get the support and advice you need. We will also have extra specialist staff during and after matches to respond to calls.”
Research by a Lancaster University criminologist found that domestic abuse can rise by as much as 38% when England lose, but also 26% even when they win.
Speaking about drink-related crime, Chief Inspector Hold said: “The majority of offences that increase during the World Cup and drink-related, such as a disagreement between two pub-goers that escalates into a fight or criminal damage incidents on the way home.