Sea­sonal drink-drive blitz gets un­der­way

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

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.

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