‘Don’t drink drive’ warning from Hertfordshire police

PUBLISHED: 11:38 05 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:38 05 December 2014

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Motorists are being warned by Herts police not to drink drive during the Christmas period.

Drink and drug driving facts

* Enforcing the drink and drug driving law, particularly at this time of year, is a key tool for police in reducing the risk of death or injury on the roads.

* As well as increased numbers of stop checks, officers will be carrying out breath tests and, where relevant, field impairment tests on all drivers involved in road collisions they attend.

* The legal alcohol limit for driving is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, but there is no failsafe guide to the amount of alcohol that a driver can safely consume. Any amount of alcohol affects driving ability.

* Many drivers are not aware that they can still be over the drink drive limit when setting off on a journey the next day.

* Motorists found to be driving while under the influence of drink or drugs face a minimum of a 12-month disqualification from driving, as well as a fine and/or imprisonment.

* The offence of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs now carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment and a disqualification of at least two years.

The annual Christmas drink-drive campaign began on Monday, December 1 and motorists in Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar are being warned not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the festive season.

Throughout December, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit will be out in force conducting an increased number of drink and drug driving stop checks.

The unit’s Chief Inspector Richard Hann said: “Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs dramatically increases your chances of being involved in a collision that results in someone’s death or injury.

“My officers will be conducting increased numbers of checks during December, so if you do drink and drive, then there is a strong chance that you will be caught and prosecuted.”

County residents are also being urged to report people they suspect are drink driving using a confidential 24-hour reporting line 01707 354111 or the webpage here.

CI Hann added: “If you suspect someone is drink driving then it is important that you contact police with your concerns either via the website or the reporting line.

“Your actions may save someone’s life.”

Hertfordshire’s crime czar is also backing the county’s anti-drink-driving campaign, which runs until January 1.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “While I hope everyone enjoys the festive season, it is important we don’t forget the legal and moral responsibilities we still have for our own safety and that of others.

“I fully support the Road Policing Unit’s robust line on tackling drink and drug driving during the festive season.

“The last thing anyone wants to see this Christmas is a family deprived of a mum, dad, son or daughter because of a collision caused by a drink driver.”


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