Drink drivers targeted

Swindon Advertiser: Chiseldon Community Speedwatch members David Pearse, Peter Dunn and Chris Rawling in the village yesterday Chiseldon Community Speedwatch members David Pearse, Peter Dunn and Chris Rawling in the village yesterday

DRINK drivers were being targeted in a co-ordinated day of action by community speedwatch and roads policing teams across Wiltshire yesterday.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, was stationed in New Road near the Chiseldon House Hotel, where the Chiseldon Community Speedwatch team were measuring speeds down the 30mph road.

With vehicles being tracked between 8am and 9am, the rush hour traffic produced a 40 per cent return of motorists over the speed limit.

With support from Sgt Barrie Card, a member of the Roads Policing Unit at Wiltshire Police, each speeding vehicle was pulled over and the driver breathalysed in line with the Force’s Christmas drink drive campaign.

No drivers were prosecuted for drink driving during the one-hour period, but the day of action, as a part of the long-term Operation Harness, was seen as significant in raising awareness of the dangers of driving the morning after consuming alcohol.

Mr Macpherson said: “They are pulling over people who are speeding and breathalysing them as part of the campaign against those driving the morning after with too much booze in their system.

“This is a road the Speedwatch has expressed concerns about in the past.”

The Chiseldon CSW are out on the roads around their village once a week, in New Road, Hodson Road and Badbury among other hotspots.

The team is now up to six members, with four in attendance at yesterday’s day of action. Chris Rawlings, 70, is the co-ordinator of the team of volunteers. He said: “This monitoring is vimportant because the trouble with this road is it’s very straight, and at this time of the morning there are children going to school whilst there have been drivers we’ve clocked in excess of 60mph before.

“We feel as though we are doing a public service, especially with the results we have been getting.

“The record for our speedwatch on this particular stretch of road is 54 vehicles going faster than 40mph in one hour.”

The volunteers of this Speedwatch programme cannot prosecute those they record at excessive speeds. Registration plates and a description of the car are logged, with letters being sent out to motorists’ home addresses.

At the arrival of the third letter, the driver will receive a visit from police. Even then, at that stage, they cannot prosecute because the speeding has not been officially recorded by them.

However, Sgt Card said the police would attempt to catch persistent offenders in the act by tracking any trends in the motorist’s speeding and try to catch them with their own cameras.

There were 16 Community Speed Watch sites were in operation throughout the county, with 125 drivers given breath tests – all negative.

A total of 145 speeding letters have been sent to drivers, eight high speed offences detected by police officers and one cannabis street caution handed out.

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6:12am Fri 13 Dec 13

swindondad says...

Drink Drivers were NOT targeted. Unless you call zero out of 125 targeting.

Motorists who were speeding were targeted but none of them fail the breathalyzer test.

I am all in favor of making our roads a safer place by reducing both speeding and drink driving but please do not pretend that this was anything more than a publicity stunt. The police have the right to breath test any driver who commits a moving vehicle offence so do not be surprised if they actually pull a few of the fools driving around with lights not working , illegal number plates, or showing as no TAX or MOT on the ANPR and test all of them as well.
Drink Drivers were NOT targeted. Unless you call zero out of 125 targeting. Motorists who were speeding were targeted but none of them fail the breathalyzer test. I am all in favor of making our roads a safer place by reducing both speeding and drink driving but please do not pretend that this was anything more than a publicity stunt. The police have the right to breath test any driver who commits a moving vehicle offence so do not be surprised if they actually pull a few of the fools driving around with lights not working , illegal number plates, or showing as no TAX or MOT on the ANPR and test all of them as well. swindondad

7:32am Fri 13 Dec 13

stu2010 says...

swindondad wrote:
Drink Drivers were NOT targeted. Unless you call zero out of 125 targeting.

Motorists who were speeding were targeted but none of them fail the breathalyzer test.

I am all in favor of making our roads a safer place by reducing both speeding and drink driving but please do not pretend that this was anything more than a publicity stunt. The police have the right to breath test any driver who commits a moving vehicle offence so do not be surprised if they actually pull a few of the fools driving around with lights not working , illegal number plates, or showing as no TAX or MOT on the ANPR and test all of them as well.
If your bladdered you are not going to speed, in fact you'll take it steady
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: Drink Drivers were NOT targeted. Unless you call zero out of 125 targeting. Motorists who were speeding were targeted but none of them fail the breathalyzer test. I am all in favor of making our roads a safer place by reducing both speeding and drink driving but please do not pretend that this was anything more than a publicity stunt. The police have the right to breath test any driver who commits a moving vehicle offence so do not be surprised if they actually pull a few of the fools driving around with lights not working , illegal number plates, or showing as no TAX or MOT on the ANPR and test all of them as well.[/p][/quote]If your bladdered you are not going to speed, in fact you'll take it steady stu2010

7:55am Fri 13 Dec 13

RichardR1 says...

Good old Advertiser letting the inconsiderate or just plain dangerous drivers know that the speed checks have no real validity, just 3 warning letters and maybe a police visit.
As for breath tests in the morning I have to say with people drinking to 2/3/4 in the morning and who then drive at 7/8/9 am deserve all they get. If you consume 10 pints of standard beer and finish at say 2am it would be 20 hours before the alcohol was totally out of your system. At 7am you would still be legally over the limit.
Good old Advertiser letting the inconsiderate or just plain dangerous drivers know that the speed checks have no real validity, just 3 warning letters and maybe a police visit. As for breath tests in the morning I have to say with people drinking to 2/3/4 in the morning and who then drive at 7/8/9 am deserve all they get. If you consume 10 pints of standard beer and finish at say 2am it would be 20 hours before the alcohol was totally out of your system. At 7am you would still be legally over the limit. RichardR1

8:21am Fri 13 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Clearly someone at the Adver was drinking when they repeated an article they printed yesterday! As above any scum who drink and drive deserve everything they get and more, there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to drink and drive.
Clearly someone at the Adver was drinking when they repeated an article they printed yesterday! As above any scum who drink and drive deserve everything they get and more, there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to drink and drive. house on the hill

9:00am Fri 13 Dec 13

scottwichall says...

They would be better off doing drink drive checkpoints from about 7am on a Friday, and 8am on a Saturday and Sunday.

That will catch all the idiots that had a skinful the night before, then jump in their cars to drive the following morning whilst still way over the limit.

That will then be covering the nights people are most likely to be out on the fizzy pop.
They would be better off doing drink drive checkpoints from about 7am on a Friday, and 8am on a Saturday and Sunday. That will catch all the idiots that had a skinful the night before, then jump in their cars to drive the following morning whilst still way over the limit. That will then be covering the nights people are most likely to be out on the fizzy pop. scottwichall

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