launch drink driving campaign in Burnham-On-Sea area
in Burnham-On-Sea have today (Friday) launched their annual Christmas
drink and drug drive campaign with a warning that offenders face
Extra checks of motorists will be carried over the festive period
during the force's 'Operation Tonic' campaign, which runs until
they're calling on members of the public to shop a drink or drug
driver by ringing 999 or texting the word 'drunk' to a special
number, 81819, from their mobile phone if they see anyone getting
behind the wheel while under the influence.
Chief Insp John Holt of the Operations and Roads Policing Unit
said: "Drink and drug driving is totally unacceptable and
is a serious crime. Most people regard it as socially and morally
wrong and I'm sure they fully support our all-year round campaign
to make the roads of Avon and Somerset safer for all."
The system of texting the word drunk to 81819 was introduced last
year by Avon and Somerset Police and had a good response from
members of the public. This Christmas the 81819 number will be
promoted on posters and beer mats.
Insp Holt added: "We want everyone to have a happy, safe
and crime-free Christmas. People should remember there is no safe
drinking limit other than not drinking at all."
Police have warned that refusal to provide a breath specimen
could lead to a six month prison sentence, a fine of up to £5000
and a 12 month ban from driving.
Drink drivers also face up to six months in prison, a fine of
up to £5000 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 10 years and banned for up to two years.
Christmas 231 people gave positive breath or drugs tests in the
force region 13 for drugs. A total of 11,984 vehicles were
stopped and drink/drug driving advice was given by officers.
those stopped 1,771 were given breath or drugs tests. Just over
50 text messages were received giving information about drink
or drugs drivers.