Po­lice slam 500 drink driv­ers caught in town

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

MORE than 500 peo­ple have been caught drink driv­ing in the town over the last five years.

Fig­ures ob­tained from Cheshire Po­lice also show that the num­ber caught in Macclesfield and Poyn­ton rose by al­most a quar­ter from 78 in 2013 to 100 in 2014.

The rise has dis­ap­pointed Cheshire Po­lice, which saw lev­els fall dramatically in the year be­fore from 122 in 2012.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Bev­er­ley Raistrick warned driv­ers that they are risk­ing their own and other peo­ple’s lives. She said: “My of­fi­cers have to deal with the dev­as­tat­ing af­ter­math that drink driv­ers leave be­hind on a daily ba­sis.

“Not only are they re­spond­ing to col­li­sions, but they are also work­ing with the fam­i­lies of in­no­cent vic­tims who have been killed as a re­sult of drink driv­ing.

“Although in re­cent years we have seen a de­crease in the num­ber of of­fend­ers, it is dis­ap­point­ing to see that there was an in­crease in the num­ber of drink drive ar­rests in the Macclesfield area in 2014.

“The key mes­sage that I am look­ing to get across is the fact that there is no safe drink drive limit, and the fact that just one drink could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

“Every­body is dif­fer­ent, and although you may feel that you are safe to drive, even a small amount of al­co­hol can af­fect your driv­ing.

“I am specif­i­cally ap­peal­ing to the par­ents of young mo­torists to ask them set an ex­am­ple and to speak to their chil­dren about the dan­gers of drink driv­ing and the dev­a­s­tat- ing ef­fects that it could have on their lives.

“By work­ing to­gether we can help re­duce the num­ber of deaths on our roads.”

The fig­ures ob­tained us­ing the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act also re­veal young driv­ers are not the worst of­fend­ers for drink driv­ing.

Po­lice have caught 132 drink driv­ers who are over-50 since 2010, 114 aged 40 to 49 and 85 mo­torists aged 30 to 39.

At the other end of the range only six un­der-18s and 99 peo­ple aged 18 to 24 were caught drink driv­ing. Mean­while the num­ber of drink driv­ers aged 25 to 29 dou­bled last year from seven in 2013 to 14 in 2014.

Over the five years, 66 driv­ers were col­lared.

Dur­ing the five-year pe­riod al­most 2,900 drink driv­ers were caught across eastern Cheshire.

The most of­fend­ers were in Crewe (719), then Con­gle­ton (634), Macclesfield (502), Wilm­slow (359), Knutsford (314) and Nantwich (321).

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