65 charged during Christmas drink drive campaign

Dorset Echo: 65 charged during Christmas drink drive campaign 65 charged during Christmas drink drive campaign

 A TOTAL of 65 people have been charged with drink and drive-related offences 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 ended on New Year’s Day.

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

Dorset Police carried out increased patrols and road side checks throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

Officers are reminding all motorists not to drink and drive.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said the force will continue enforcement throughout 2014.

He 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.”

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 used 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.”

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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1:56pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Exiled_Abbasite says...

Where's the list?
Where's the list? Exiled_Abbasite

1:56pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Exiled_Abbasite says...

Where can you see the list?
Where can you see the list? Exiled_Abbasite

2:10pm Thu 2 Jan 14

unexpected error says...

Exiled_Abbasite wrote:
Where can you see the list?
I think they need to be convicted first!
[quote][p][bold]Exiled_Abbasite[/bold] wrote: Where can you see the list?[/p][/quote]I think they need to be convicted first! unexpected error

2:46pm Thu 2 Jan 14

annotater says...

That is 65 very stupid people!
That is 65 very stupid people! annotater

3:04pm Thu 2 Jan 14

shy talk says...

The earliest “Name and Shame” list might appear round about February. Unless the Courts fast track hearings.
The earliest “Name and Shame” list might appear round about February. Unless the Courts fast track hearings. shy talk

4:43pm Thu 2 Jan 14

JamesYoung says...

unexpected error wrote:
Exiled_Abbasite wrote:
Where can you see the list?
I think they need to be convicted first!
Although to be fair, there isn't really much that is ambiguous about a red light on a breathalyser. Anything that comes out in court is just excuses.
[quote][p][bold]unexpected error[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Exiled_Abbasite[/bold] wrote: Where can you see the list?[/p][/quote]I think they need to be convicted first![/p][/quote]Although to be fair, there isn't really much that is ambiguous about a red light on a breathalyser. Anything that comes out in court is just excuses. JamesYoung

6:30pm Thu 2 Jan 14

connie68 says...

I believe some are in the Magistrate's Court on the 14th Jan.
I believe some are in the Magistrate's Court on the 14th Jan. connie68

7:19pm Thu 2 Jan 14

marabout says...

Are breathalysers admissible in court? I thought you had to fail the blood test.
Are breathalysers admissible in court? I thought you had to fail the blood test. marabout

7:45pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Top Gear says...

"Sir, could you please step out of the vehicle?"

"I'm too drunk, you get in."
"Sir, could you please step out of the vehicle?" "I'm too drunk, you get in." Top Gear

9:31am Fri 3 Jan 14

dorchesterk says...

And i'm not one of them! haha cops
And i'm not one of them! haha cops dorchesterk

11:18am Fri 3 Jan 14

caz maz says...

marabout wrote:
Are breathalysers admissible in court? I thought you had to fail the blood test.
No blood test is needed unless you opt to do it that way, The road side test is the first test then it is down to a larger machine in custardy to blow in that. The reading on both the machines can be different depending on when you last had a drink and weather the body is still absorbing the alcohol in your stomach or the second one can be lower if you stopped drinking some time before and the alcohol level in a body is dropping. Ether way DRINK DRIVING is a really dumb thing to do and wrecks lives one way or another!
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: Are breathalysers admissible in court? I thought you had to fail the blood test.[/p][/quote]No blood test is needed unless you opt to do it that way, The road side test is the first test then it is down to a larger machine in custardy to blow in that. The reading on both the machines can be different depending on when you last had a drink and weather the body is still absorbing the alcohol in your stomach or the second one can be lower if you stopped drinking some time before and the alcohol level in a body is dropping. Ether way DRINK DRIVING is a really dumb thing to do and wrecks lives one way or another! caz maz

11:26am Fri 3 Jan 14

caz maz says...

If you click on the" in the doc" tab above you will find they are already named.
This is one from early December
DANIEL WILLIAM MUTTER, aged 25, of Knightsdale Road, Weymouth. Admitted driving motor vehicle when alcohol level above limit - drove a motor vehicle after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in your breath, namely 65 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeded the prescribed limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. Fined £250. To pay costs of £85. Disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 16 months. Also admitted using a motor vehicle on a road or public place without third party insurance. Fined £250. Also admitted using a motor vehicle on a road without a valid test certificate, for which there was no separate penalty.
If you click on the" in the doc" tab above you will find they are already named. This is one from early December DANIEL WILLIAM MUTTER, aged 25, of Knightsdale Road, Weymouth. Admitted driving motor vehicle when alcohol level above limit - drove a motor vehicle after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in your breath, namely 65 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeded the prescribed limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. Fined £250. To pay costs of £85. Disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 16 months. Also admitted using a motor vehicle on a road or public place without third party insurance. Fined £250. Also admitted using a motor vehicle on a road without a valid test certificate, for which there was no separate penalty. caz maz

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