Police use Mannequin Challenge to warn against drink-driving - and it's pretty sobering stuff

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Police have released a sombre take on the mannequin challenge craze to highlight the dangers of driving the morning after a big night out.

The force said it hopes the "simple but hard-hitting" clip, organised by two constables in their spare time, will help show the potentially tragic consequences of drink or drug-driving.

Police said they will be out in force during the festive period to look out for motorists who pose a risk to themselves and other road users.

Commander Neil Jerome, from the Met's territorial policing command, said: "Our mannequin challenge is simple but hard-hitting and illustrates the consequences of driving when intoxicated.

"Anyone who drives a vehicle when they are over the prescribed limit of drink and/or drugs, legal or illegal, is not only breaking the law but poses an unacceptable risk to themselves, their passengers and other road users.

Mannequin challenge
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"If you are caught under the influence you face very serious penalties which may include a mandatory 12-month ban, points on your licence and even time in jail. You may also lose your job and loss of your independence.

"The Met is taking positive action during this campaign and at all times to catch those who break the law in this way and bring offenders to justice. We will be proactively patrolling to stop, arrest and convict those found to be over the prescribed limit.

"So our message is clear: Don't do it."