Police to roll out breath tests in Christmas campaign

1 December 2011 No Comments

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Dorset Police has launched their annual drink and drug driving campaign in the run up to Christmas.

The Force’s annual drink and drug driving campaign runs from today to Sunday 1 January 2012.

During the Christmas campaign, every driver who is involved in a collision during the period will be breath tested irrespective of whether they have been suspected of drink driving or not. There will also be increased traffic patrols, as well as road-side checks.

Chief Inspector Bob Nichols, Head of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “Some people may be tempted to have a drink and get behind the wheel of a car during the party season.

“But putting your life, and the lives of others, in danger for the sake of a drink is really not worth it – so don’t take the risk, don’t drink and drive.

Inspector Nichols added that research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive, adding, “Drivers also need to be aware that they could still be over the limit the morning after a night of drinking alcohol.

The ‘no excuse’ project will also be focusing on drink and drug driving – as impaired driving is one of the ‘fatal four’ driving areas that the project’s officers target.”

The legal consequences of being caught drink driving include a minimum twelve month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000. The Force will also use information submitted by the public to target suspected offenders of drink and drug driving throughout the campaign.

Inspector Nichols continued: “If a member of the public suspects someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they should dial 999 immediately and report the details to the police so that we can intercept that vehicle.

“Friends or relatives of drivers who are considering driving after drinking alcohol should do everything they can to ensure that person does not get behind the wheel.”

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