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PCC's winning Christmas card unveiled

Christmas Card Elliot

Christmas card designed by Elliot Everhard

The winning illustration for Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountsteven’s annual Christmas card has been revealed.

Entries were submitted to the PCC’s office and Sue Mountstevens and her team chose Elliot Everhard’s festive drawing, which has been animated for an electronic version that will be sent out by the PCC.

The chosen illustration of Father Christmas falling off his sleigh highlights the important message of drink driving. Earlier this month, Avon and Somerset Police launched ‘Operation Tonic’ and the month-long campaign includes high visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers.

During last year’s 2017/2018 Winter Op Tonic campaign, Avon and Somerset Police arrested 146 people for drink and drug driving. This year, those caught driving over the limit will face serious consequences. Penalties include a hefty fine of over £2,500, a driving ban or even a prison sentence. Causing death when under the influence may land drivers 14 years in prison.

Local people are warned that being convicted can impact everyday life beyond a drink driving fine or ban, including a loss of independence, job and financial stability.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I was incredibly impressed with all the entries we received and amongst the designs we had naughty elves, stolen presents and speeding cars. I would like to thank all the children for sending me their creative drawings.

“Elliot’s festive design carries an important message about keeping the roads of Avon and Somerset safe. Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is not only a crime, it is socially and morally unacceptable and can have devastating consequences. Don’t gamble with your ability to drive; it’s not worth the risk,”

The winning artist has been informed and has been awarded a small gift for his hard work.

Posted on Wednesday 19th December 2018
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