Burnham-On-Sea motorists warned as drink driving campaign starts
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned they risk
long jail terms if they are caught drink driving as the police's
annual summer drink drive campaign launches.
will be stopping hundreds of people across the area to check for
drink and drug driving during the month-long 'Operation Tonic'
campaign, which started last night (Friday).
Inspector Yannis Georgiou, of Avon and Somerset Police's Roads
Policing Unit, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Drink and drug driving
is totally unacceptable and is a serious crime. If you drink alcohol
or take drugs and drive, you put yourself, your loved ones and
other road users at risk."
young drivers have been killed in collisions since 2011 in the
force area and we are determined to do what we can to reduce those
numbers. We're not aiming to spoil people's fun, but it's important
that the anti-social driving habits of a minority don't create
problems for other members of the public."
well as people who drink or take drugs and drive, 'boy racers'
who behave anti-socially are being targeted in the campaign.
weather and light evenings bring an increase in the number of
anti-social behaviour complaints about young drivers gathering
in large numbers for so-called car cruises. Officers will be engaging
with drivers at those events, checking that vehicles are safe
and legal, and encouraging good driving habits."
you suspect that someone is drinking alcohol and driving or taking
drugs and driving, you can 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 calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Mobile phone users can also report drink or drug drivers by texting
the word 'drunk' to 81819 and then sending information about the
person who has got behind the wheel.
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 a driver is convicted for a drink or drug drive offence, they
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 they get their licence
Will have difficulty hiring a car within 10 years of the
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.