Burnham-On-Sea motorists warned as drink driving campaign starts
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have been warned they face long jail
terms if they are caught drink driving as police launch their
annual summer drink drive campaign today (Friday, June 1st).
and Somerset police will be testing thousands of people across
the area for drink and drug driving during the month-long Operation
are also looking out for increasing numbers of motorists who tweet,
phone or use other social media while driving all offences
that could attract driving bans.
Inspector Yannis Georgiou, of Avon and Somerset's Roads Policing
Unit, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Drink and drug driving is
totally unacceptable and is a serious crime. We work to tackle
drink and drug driving all year round, not just in our summer
and Christmas campaigns."
you drink alcohol or take drugs and drive, you put yourself, your
loved ones and other road users at risk."
are asking people to use their mobile phone to report drink or
drug drivers by texting the word 'drunk' to 81819 and then sending
in information about someone who has got behind the wheel when
they are under influence of drink or drugs. The messages go straight
to the police communications centre, where they are dealt with
in the same way as an emergency 999 call.
current legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres
of breath, or 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood,
or 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. At twice
the legal limit, you are at least 50 times more likely to be involved
in a fatal collision than a driver who hasn't been drinking. At
twice the legal limit, you are at least 30 times more likely to
cause a road crash.
you suspect that someone is drinking alcohol and driving or taking
drugs and driving, you can also report it to police if the crime
is in progress by calling 999, or by callling 101, the 24-hour
police non-emergency number or contacting Crimestoppers on 0800
drivers who provide a positive breath test or face a field impairment
test to determine whether they have been using drugs, refuse to
provide or fail to provide, face losing their licence for at least
If you are convicted for a drink or drug drive offence, drivers
Will lose your licence for a minimum of one year.
Will have a criminal record.
May go to prison for up to six months.
May have to pay a fine of up to £5,000.
May lose your job (15 per cent of those convicted do).
Face very high insurance costs once you get your licence
Will have difficulty hiring a car within ten years of your
you are convicted twice in ten years, you face a three-year driving
ban. To get your licence back, you may also have to convince a
doctor that you do not have a drink problem.
you are convicted of causing death by careless driving while under
the influence of drink or drugs, drivers face:
Up to 14 years in prison.
An unlimited fine.
A minimum two-year driving ban.
A mandatory extended driving test.