launch Christmas drink drive crackdown in Burnham-On-Sea
Police have this week launched their annual Christmas campaign
to clamp down on drink driving and alcohol-related crime over
the festive period.
and Somerset Polices festive drink campaign got underway
today on December 1st with
vehicle stop-checks, extra road patrols and awareness-raising
at events and in pubs and bars.
Tonic will run throughout December and into the New Year, with
the aim of reducing deaths, serious injuries and crime on local
roads by tackling drink and drug driving.
say they will be naming publicly every motorist who is charged
with a drink or drug driving offence.
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 an unlimited fine.
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.
officers will also be using 'drugalyser' devices at the roadside
to test drivers for suspected drugs, including cannabis and cocaine,
using new laws that came in earlier this year.
Drug drivers could face an unlimited fine, up to six months in
prison, a minimum one-year driving ban and a criminal record.
licences will also show the motorist has been convicted for drug
driving. This will last for 11 years.
Burnham-On-Sea Police are also urging anyone who has concerns
about someone they believe may be drink or drug driving to call
them on 101 or text the word drunk with as many details as they
can to 81819.
In the police's last Operation Tonic campaign in June they breath-tested
974 drivers compared with 472 in 2014 and charged 78 drivers compared
with 97. They also conducted 17 roadside drug tests with the new
Road Safety Chief Inspector Yannis Georgiou said: "We are
determined to do whatever we can to stop people driving while
under the influence of drink or drugs. If just one collision or
death is prevented, then our campaign will be a success."
message is clearer than ever - there is no excuse and we will
arrest any drivers who are suspected to be driving while under
the influence of drink or drugs."
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: "Over
the festive period, many of us will be having fun, hosting gatherings
and socialising with family and friends. Driving under the influence
of drink or drugs is not only a crime, it is socially and morally
unacceptable and can have devastating consequences."
police are committed to keeping the roads of Avon and Somerset
safe for all that use them. I believe the majority of law-abiding
people support the police in doing all we can to bring offenders
to justice, keeping the roads safe not only this Christmas but
all year round."