The Met Police Mannequin Challenge provoking sobering thoughts

If you have been even remotely active on social media over the last couple of weeks, you will know about the mannequin challenge.

Everyone from Christiano Ronaldo to Paul McCartney have taken part in the social media craze but this new version from the Metropolitan Police has taken the viral phenomenon much more seriously. As workplaces across the UK gear up for the annual Christmas party, this hard-hitting version has been used by police to highlight the consequences that surround drink driving, even the day after a heavy drinking session.

Commander Neil Jerome, from the Met’s Territorial Policing Command, told the Croydon Advertiser: “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.

“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!”