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Crackdown on drink driving is a success

Swindon Advertiser: Insp Steve Cox Insp Steve Cox

WILTSHIRE Police have successfully backed a national campaign which aimed to clamp down on drink and drug driving.

The Association of Chief Police Officers launched their month-long summer drink and drug drive campaign on June 1.

In total, almost 400 drivers in the county were made to carry out breath tests during the month of June. Of those, 70 tests were either positive, refused or the person failed to provide.

Seven drivers were arrested on suspicion of drink and/or drug driving.

Wiltshire Police, alongside colleagues from Avon & Somerset and Gloucestershire Police, increased their roadside enforcement throughout June in a determined effort to catch those drivers who ignore the warnings.

The campaign – which this year was focused on younger drivers and those staying up late to watch the World Cup – was designed to raise awareness of the serious consequences of being caught drink or drug driving.

Penalties could include a minimum 12-month driving ban, a £5,000 fine and a criminal record.

Inspector Steve Cox, Head of Roads Policing, said: “We’re pleased that we have been able to reinforce our main message – if you take a chance on drink or drug driving, you will be caught.

“By getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substances, you are putting both yourself and other road users in serious danger of harm.

“It is important to point out that our efforts to clamp down on drink and/or drug driving do not stop here.

“We are committed to making Wiltshire’s roads as safe as we possibly can and will continue to proactively seek those who attempt to drive while under the influence.

“I’d like to thank the public for their support throughout the campaign.”

If you know of anyone who is drink-driving, you can call 101 and select option 4 to report it directly to Wiltshire Police via the dedicated drink-drive hotline number.

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12:20pm Sat 12 Jul 14

house on the hill says...

I bet there would be more than a few who would be over the limit if stopped this morning. This is just a publicity stunt and nothing else. Those who don't care will continue not to care and carry on as they have always done until they actually get caught, but the play the odds which is that they won't get caught the same way that those over the speed limit do.
I bet there would be more than a few who would be over the limit if stopped this morning. This is just a publicity stunt and nothing else. Those who don't care will continue not to care and carry on as they have always done until they actually get caught, but the play the odds which is that they won't get caught the same way that those over the speed limit do. house on the hill
  • Score: -12

10:37am Mon 14 Jul 14

benzss says...

Oh, an Adver article about driving. Ok, time to act like an Advert commenter:

I drive around swindon for 28 hours a day and every 5 minutes I see a drunk driver who jumps red lights and goes the wrong way around the roundabout and blah blah blah blah blah, everything was better in the good old days, why are women and asians allowed to drive, etc etc.

Bring back imperial weights and horses.
Oh, an Adver article about driving. Ok, time to act like an Advert commenter: I drive around swindon for 28 hours a day and every 5 minutes I see a drunk driver who jumps red lights and goes the wrong way around the roundabout and blah blah blah blah blah, everything was better in the good old days, why are women and asians allowed to drive, etc etc. Bring back imperial weights and horses. benzss
  • Score: -7
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