48 charged so far in Christmas drink drive campaign

Dorset Echo: 48 charged so far in Christmas drink drive campaign 48 charged so far in Christmas drink drive campaign

A total of 48 people have been charged with drink and drive-related offences so far during Dorset Police’s annual Christmas campaign.

The Force’s drink and drug drive campaign – which forms part of Dorset Police’s Countdown to Christmas – began on Sunday December 1 and will run until Wednesday 1 January 1.

Between December 1 and December 22, 48 people have been charged with a drink or drug drive-related offence.

This year anyone charged convicted a drink or drug driving-related offence will be named and shamed in the Dorset Echo.

Dorset Police is reminding motorists there will be increased patrols and road side checks throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “It’s really disappointing that so many people continue to not only put their own lives at risk, but also the lives of other innocent road users.

“I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. Research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive so please don’t get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all.”

Inspector Butler is also urging people to plan ahead over New Year and take simple steps such as booking a taxi, having a designated driver or arranging overnight accommodation.

Every driver who is involved in a collision in Dorset during the drink and drug drive campaign will be breath tested, irrespective of whether they are suspected of drink driving or not.

If someone is caught drink driving they will face a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.

Dorset Police will continue to use information provided by the public to target suspected drink or drug drivers throughout the campaign.

Inspector Butler added: “I urge members of the public to dial 999 if they suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and please be assured that your details will remain anonymous.”

Members of public can find out the latest information about the drink drive campaign on Twitter @dorsetpolice #DPXmasCountdown.

If you suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, dial 999 immediately so police can intercept or call 101 with non-urgent information.

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1:42pm Mon 23 Dec 13

youngpete says...

I have never seen a drink driver get 6 months inside & a £5000 fine,empty threats.
I have never seen a drink driver get 6 months inside & a £5000 fine,empty threats. youngpete

5:53pm Mon 23 Dec 13

dave.flowers says...

I thought you were going to Name and Shame drink/drugged drivers.............
....where are they named????
I thought you were going to Name and Shame drink/drugged drivers............. ....where are they named???? dave.flowers

6:49pm Mon 23 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

It will be interesting to see how many of these (yet to be convicted) drivers are woman.
It will be interesting to see how many of these (yet to be convicted) drivers are woman. westbaywonder

9:02pm Mon 23 Dec 13

saildorset says...

I have to agree with the above posts, I've not seen 'Named and Shamed' put out yet, where are they.
Also, I was under the impression, all persons involved in traffic matters (drivers) these days were automatically breathalysed, Christmas or not.
I have to agree with the above posts, I've not seen 'Named and Shamed' put out yet, where are they. Also, I was under the impression, all persons involved in traffic matters (drivers) these days were automatically breathalysed, Christmas or not. saildorset

10:06pm Mon 23 Dec 13

tomsk11h says...

saildorset wrote:
I have to agree with the above posts, I've not seen 'Named and Shamed' put out yet, where are they.
Also, I was under the impression, all persons involved in traffic matters (drivers) these days were automatically breathalysed, Christmas or not.
Only when involved in a crash the driver is breathalysed as standard, rest of the year they have to have smell it or see evidence, such as a half empty bottle.
[quote][p][bold]saildorset[/bold] wrote: I have to agree with the above posts, I've not seen 'Named and Shamed' put out yet, where are they. Also, I was under the impression, all persons involved in traffic matters (drivers) these days were automatically breathalysed, Christmas or not.[/p][/quote]Only when involved in a crash the driver is breathalysed as standard, rest of the year they have to have smell it or see evidence, such as a half empty bottle. tomsk11h

11:59am Sat 28 Dec 13

mark@greenhill says...

Failing a drink driving test, should always carry a mandatory 1 year in jail.

No excuses, no early release. Only when the law has some teeth will drivers take this seriously.
Failing a drink driving test, should always carry a mandatory 1 year in jail. No excuses, no early release. Only when the law has some teeth will drivers take this seriously. mark@greenhill

8:06pm Sat 28 Dec 13

JamesYoung says...

mark@greenhill wrote:
Failing a drink driving test, should always carry a mandatory 1 year in jail.

No excuses, no early release. Only when the law has some teeth will drivers take this seriously.
Agree completely. It should also be law that you need to carry a breathalyser in your car, as in France. Two disposables for £6 from Halfords. No excuses.
[quote][p][bold]mark@greenhill[/bold] wrote: Failing a drink driving test, should always carry a mandatory 1 year in jail. No excuses, no early release. Only when the law has some teeth will drivers take this seriously.[/p][/quote]Agree completely. It should also be law that you need to carry a breathalyser in your car, as in France. Two disposables for £6 from Halfords. No excuses. JamesYoung

11:17pm Sun 29 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

Well 48 citizens did not give a toss so far this holiday season and it is not even New years eve yet.

Lets see how many plod can catch by say Jan 2nd midnight. LOL!
Well 48 citizens did not give a toss so far this holiday season and it is not even New years eve yet. Lets see how many plod can catch by say Jan 2nd midnight. LOL! westbaywonder

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