December 5, 2010
launch drive to reduce drinking motorists over Christmas
Burnham-On-Sea area who drink and drive risk big fines and prison
terms if caught, police have warned this week.
The stark warning was issued by Avon and Somerset Constabulary
as it launched its annual drink driving campaign, supported by
Somerset Road Safety Partnership.
Over the past eight years almost 2,000 drivers across the south
west have been arrested and tested positive and subsequently lost
Since 2002 there has been gradual fall in the number of drivers
arrested for drink driving - decreasing from a peak of 329 to
just 207 a year ago - but the police's road policing unit is not
being complacent and will be out and about in force this year
to further drive down the number of offenders.
A refusal to provide a breath specimen could lead to a six month
prison sentence, a fine of up to £5,000 and a 12 month ban
drivers face up to six months in prison, a fine of up to £5,000
and a ban of at least 12 months.
anyone causing death by careless driving while under the influence
of drink, could be imprisoned for up to ten years and be banned
for up to two years.
Chief Inspector Polly King told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
will remain relentless in our pursuit of drink drivers and our
campaign to purge the roads of those who are willing to put the
lives of themselves and others at potential risk by driving after
having a drink."
"We will remain resolute in tracking down those that flout
the law by choosing to drink and drive. We are particularly worried
about an emerging trend over the past five years for the number
of drivers aged under-25, who have been arrested for drink driving.
"Last winter around one third (62) of those arrested were
in the 17-25 year age bracket, a trend we are keen to reverse."
Police say that more people are at risk over the Christmas and
New Year period of being caught drink driving because it is the
one time of the year when more people are likely to drink alcohol
at family and work parties.
Pictured, top, a driver being breath tested by police and,
above, officers at this week's launch of the Christmas drink drive