on Christmas drink driving starts in Burnham area today
Police have today (Monday) launched a Christmas campaign to crack
down on drink-related crime over the festive period.
and Somerset Polices festive drink campaign gets underway
today with 'morning after' drivers particularly in the spotlight.
Tonic will run throughout December and into the New Year, aiming
to help reduce deaths, serious injuries and crime on local roads
by tackling drink and drug driving.
activity during the month in the Burnham area will include vehicle
stop-check operations, targeted patrols and awareness-raising
at events and in pubs and bars.
a driver is convicted for a drink or drug drive offence,
Lose their 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 their job (15 per cent do).
Face very high insurance costs in future.
Will have difficulty hiring a car within 10 years.
a driver is convicted twice in ten years, they face a three-year
driving ban. To get their licence back, they may also have
to convince a doctor that they do not have a drink problem.
a driver is 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.
Safety Superintendent Richard Corrigan said: "This year we
will be extending our visible presence to the morning period as
lots of intelligence indicates that people drive the morning after
drinking heavily the night before."
you have several drinks on a night out you cant simply assume
you will be safe to drive the next day."
will be carrying out stop checks throughout the month and New
Year and will arrest any drivers who are suspected to be driving
while under the influence of drink or drugs."
hundred and thirty road deaths in Britain last year were directly
linked to drink driving. A recent survey states that 91% of the
public agreed that drinking and driving was unacceptable and 92%
of people said they would feel ashamed if they were caught drinking
Tonic is designed to support our work in making all of our roads
safer. Death and serious injury on our roads remains a significant
concern with over 1,700 people killed in Britain last year. We
know that there are four major reasons which contribute to these
tragic numbers - drink and drug driving, excessive speed, using
a mobile phone while driving and failing to wear a seatbelt."
"The annual Christmas drink driving campaign supports our
work in these areas with visible policing, media coverage and
are also urging anyone with concerns about someone they believe
may be drink or drug driving to call them on 101 or by texting
the word drunk and as many details to 81819.
the summer campaign in Avon and Somerset, 158 people were arrested
on suspicion of drink/drugs driving, mostly between 7pm-6am. Seven
were made between 6am-9am and 17 between 9am-7pm.
Corrigan added: "If you are out in the evening enjoying a
few drinks, make sure you have arrangements in place for getting
home, such as a taxi or a lift with friends, and ensure you leave
plenty of time for the alcohol to leave your system if you are
driving the next day."
and driving can lead to collisions and cause serious injury or
death and we will look to prosecute anyone found to be over the
legal limit. The message is simple - dont drink and drive."
Tonic forms part of the police's 'Have the Christmas You Deserve'
campaign, which will be running throughout December. The campaign
incorporates a number of activities to tackle issues related to
the festive period, such as keeping Christmas gifts safe and helping
people to stay safe.