December 14, 2010

WEST DORSET: Police launch christmas drink driving campaign

DRINK and drug drivers in Dorset are to be targeted by Police in a Christmas campaign.

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

Those caught will then face a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.

The Force’s annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign has already begun and will run until New Year’s Day.

Chief Inspector Bob Nichols, Head of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said:

“During the festive season some people may be tempted to drink and drive, but if they do, the consequences could be devastating.

“Not only do drink drivers risk their own lives, they also risk the lives of innocent road users.

“My advice to drivers is simple – don’t get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all, as research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive.

“The legal consequences of being caught drink driving are extensive. However, drink drivers may face even further consequences as they could lose their job or destroy a relationship and live with the stigma of being a convicted drink driver.

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