Hertfordshire police launch drink-drive campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:55 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

DON'T risk being over the drink-drive limit. That's the message from police today as the Christmas clampdown starts. All motorists involved in accidents can expect to be breathalysed. Officers will also be on the lookout for any suspicious driving on the

DON'T risk being over the drink-drive limit.

That's the message from police today as the Christmas clampdown starts.

All motorists involved in accidents can expect to be breathalysed.

Officers will also be on the lookout for any suspicious driving on their usual patrols

Chief inspector Donna Pierce said: "I would appeal to those drivers who think if they have only had one or two drinks, they are ok to drive, to think again and ask themselves, is it really worth the risk?

"It's impossible to calculate your limit - you may feel ok to drive, but when stopped by a police officer and breathalysed, you risk being over the limit and facing criminal proceedings."

If you are caught and found guilty of drink-driving, you will be banned from the roads for at least a year.

You could also be fined or jailed.

Chief insp Pierce added: "It could also have a significant negative impact on your daily life - you could lose your job, your friends and your freedom.

"If you have a collision, you may have to live with serious injury to yourself or somebody else."

And if you've been boozing the night before and are nursing a hangover, think twice before heading out in your car.

Chief insp Pierce added: "You may still be over the limit the morning after your night out.

"If you've overindulged the night before, use public transport, take a taxi or get a lift with a friend who wasn't drinking."

The drink-drive campaign will run until New Year's Day.

Last year in Hertfordshire, 1,582 drivers were breathalysed, of which 113 were positive, refused or failed (7.14 per cent).

* 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.

* The amount and type of alcoholic drink, the weight, sex and metabolism of the driver all play a part.

* Any amount of alcohol affects driving ability

* A motorist's ability to judge speed and distance may be impaired, their reaction times may be slowed and their judgement of risk seriously affected.


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