Po­lice crack down on drink driv­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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