Seasonal drink-drive blitz gets underway
POLICE have stepped up their crackdown on drinkdriving in the city as the Christmas party season gets underway.
Officers set up high-profile checkpoints across Peterborough last night for the first time during the run-up to this Christmas.
They carried out breath tests to check that motorists are sticking to the rules and have warned that more operations will follow to make sure drivers are not tempted to have a drink and drive during the festive season.
Insp Chris Skepper, leading the operation for Cambridgeshire police, said the consequences of being caught could be disastrous.
He said: “We want Christmas to be a happy time for all the county’s residents and that means we will be clamping down on all law-breakers.
“Officers will breath-test drivers and carry out field impairment tests to check whether they are under the influence of drugs.
“The maximum penalty for drink- driving is a six-month prison sentence, £5,000 fine and a driving ban of up to 12 months, is it really worth the risk?
“Getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs puts yourself and other road users in danger.
“It can wreck lives and we will not tolerate such behaviour.”
Police and the Saferpeterborough Partnership launched the Don’t Get Banned, Get A Band scheme earlier this month, which allows designated drivers to get free soft drinks from participating bars during December.
The scheme has already proved
(METP-15-12-11BD300) to be a success, with many pubs and bars signing up to take part in the scheme.
Clair George, Saferpeterborough Partnership road safety officer, said the only way to stay safe on the roads was not to drink at all before driving.
She said: “Even the smallest amount of alcohol can affect how you drive. The best message is not to get behind the wheel after a drink.
“But it is important to think about the morning after as well. If you go out and have a lot to drink, you may still be over the limit in the morning.
“The band scheme has already proved very popular and we are getting requests for more information about it all the time, which is very promising.
“The effects of being caught go beyond the legal consequences.
“You are putting your own life and that of other road users at risk.
“The minimum disqualification period for drink driving is 12 months. If you rely on a car for your job, then you could lose your employment.”
CHECKS: Traffic police conducted drink drive checks in Crawthorne Road, Peterborough last night.