Police crack down on drink driving
THAMES Valley Police has launched its summer drink and drug-driving campaign.
Police forces across Europe increased the number of roadside checks and drivers breathalysed and tested for drugs throughout the week from Monday, June 6.
Thames Valley Police will then continue these checks as part of the National Police Chiefs’ Council campaign, which will run throughout June and into July and coincide with the UEFA Euro Championships.
Drivers who are found to be unfit to drive or over the drink or drug-drive limit will be arrested.
Sgt Chris Appleby, from the Roads Policing Department, said: “Driving after drinking is a major cause of death and injury on our roads. Alcohol impairs many of the functions necessary for safe driving and the risk of death or injury rapidly increases with alcohol consumption, it’s not worth the risk.
“A new report (March 2016) written and published on behalf of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport has confirmed that alcohol is the biggest impairment to drivers.
“On March 2, 2015 the drug-driving law changed to make it easier for the police to catch and convict drug-drivers. Seventeen legal and illegal drugs are covered by the law, including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine. The limits for all illegal drugs are extremely low – taking even a very small amount of an illegal drug could put drivers over the limit.
“However, a recent survey by Brake Road Safety Charity revealed a shocking one in 16 drivers (six per cent) admit they drive at least once a month after having taken drugs. The Department for Transport confirmed a sixfold increase in the number of people caught drug-driving in the 12 months since the law change.
“Official figures show 47 road deaths and 197 serious injuries in 2014 were caused when a driver was impaired by some kind of drug.
“This campaign will draw drivers’ attention to the risks posed by using drink or drugs while in control of a vehicle and the serious penalties which they will face when they are caught.”