Drink driv­ers tar­geted as po­lice aim to cut fa­tal­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

That is one fa­tal­ity or se­ri­ous in­jury hap­pen­ing around every two and-ahalf days.

These sta­tis­tics, pub­lished by Thames Val­ley Po­lice on Thurs­day June 1, sug­gests drink driv­ing ac­counts for 11% of the fa­tal­i­ties on the roads.

On top of that, an­other 6% of deaths in­volved drugs as a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor.

To tar­get the “fa­tal com­bi­na­tion”, which makes those be­hind the wheel 23 times more likely to kill them­selves or some­one else, the force is en­forc­ing a drink-driv­ing crack- down. To­gether with Hamp­shire Po­lice, lo­cal of­fi­cers will be con­duct­ing tar­geted op­er­a­tions dur­ing the day and night to de­ter and de­tect drink driv­ers, from June 1 to June 30.

De­spite the num­ber of drink driv­ers be­ing re­duced over the past 50 years, the De­part­ment for Trans­port has con­firmed a six-fold in­crease in the num­ber of drug driv­ers caught since March 2015.

Supt Si­mon Dodds, head of the Joint Roads Polic­ing Op­er­a­tions Unit, said: “Too many peo­ple are still tak­ing the risk to drive whilst im­paired. It’s sim­ply not worth the dev­as­ta­tion that is all too of­ten left be­hind.

“We are ded­i­cated to re­duc­ing it.

“These peo­ple not only put them­selves at risk, but oth­ers who are of­ten in­no­cently go­ing about their daily lives.

“Ex­tra pa­trols will be out over the next month car­ry­ing out a num­ber of proac­tive breath and drug tests.

“If you are caught driv­ing while im­paired by drink or drugs you could face a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion, pos­si­ble pri­son term, driv­ing ban, and could even lose your job.”

The sta­tis­tics re­veal that 80% of drink-driv­ers are male, with men in their mid-20s most likely to re- fuse or fail a breath test.

The peak time for drinkdriv­ing of­fences was found to be be­tween 7pm and 7am.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice also in­tend to raise aware­ness of the length of time al­co­hol re­mains in the sys­tem af­ter heavy drink­ing.

Sergeant Chris Ap­pleby, of road safety for Thames Val­ley Po­lice, said: “Do you re­al­ize that, af­ter four pints of lager, you may not be safe to drive for up to 13 hours?

“So, whether you are drink­ing in the af­ter­noon at a bar­beue, or drink­ing while you are out in the evening, make sure you are safe to drive home.”

If you believe some­one is driv­ing whilst im­paired, phone the po­lice on 101 or text 80999 with all the de­tails of the ve­hi­cle, driver, lo­ca­tion and times.

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