Police launch morning drink drive checks
Police have launched a summer anti drink drive campaign warning drivers they face checks in the morning as well as at night time
Police have launched a summer anti drink drive campaign warning drivers they face checks in the morning as well as at night time.
The campaign which also ran last summer in the month of June resulted in 88,629 people being stopped and breath tested and 6.1% tested positive or refused the test.
Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, Acpo's drink and drug-driving head said "in 2010, 250 people were killed in drink-drive accidents on the country's roads. A further 9,700 were injured through incidents in which someone involved had been drinking and was over the legal limit. The message is clear, there is no excuse for driving under the influence, even if you think it's a short drive. Not only are you risking your own life but the lives of your passengers as well as other innocent motorist or pedestrians.”
President of the AA Edmund King welcomed the campaign. He said "the campaign means that there will be more police looking for offending drivers. It also means that the police will be well aware that drink-driving happens away from the traditional pub-based times because of jubilee and soccer Euro 2012 barbecues and parties. So they will be looking for drink and drug-drivers all day. The police will breathalyse all drivers after any accident they attend and will be targeting places where drink-drivers are likely to drive. Motorists need to remember the basic rule: if you drink, don't drive; if you drive, don't drink."