Drivers not getting the drink and drug driving message in Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

Drivers not getting the drink and drug driving message in Warwickshire

Ian Hughes 7th Jan, 2019   0

POLICE chiefs have voiced concern the drink and drug driving message is not getting through in Warwickshire.

The Christmas campaign by Warwickshire Police saw 89 drivers arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving offences during December. The figure was exactly the same as the previous year’s Christmas campaign.

Asst Ch Con Alex Franklin Smith said: “It is concerning that people are still not getting the message about drink and drug driving and putting themselves and others at risk. We will continue to target these people into the New Year.

“The penalty for driving under the influence of drink or drugs includes a minimum 12-month disqualification, as well as a fine and imprisonment.

“If you kill someone while under the influence of drink or drugs you face up to 14 years in prison.

“There is no failsafe guide to the amount of alcohol someone can safely consume before driving. The amount and type of alcohol, weight, sex and metabolism all play a part. If you are unsure then don’t drive.

“There’s no excuse for drinking and driving. If you’re drinking make other arrangements to get home such as a lift from a friend who hasn’t been drinking or a taxi.”

Anyone who suspects someone is a drink driver is urged to call police on 101 and let them know when and where they drink. Anyone who knows someone has been drinking and is about to drive should call 999.

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