Police start Christmas drink drive campaign today
Police are launching their annual Christmas drink and drug drive
campaign today (Thursday).
Tonic, which will run until January 1st, 2017, will involve high
visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug
drivers across Somerset.
part of the campaign, Police are calling on members of the public
to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 if it is happening
now or texting the word 'drunk' with brief details of the car, location
and driver to 81819 if it is not someone currently driving.
targeting drink and drug driving, Police aim to help reduce deaths,
serious injuries and crime on the roads of the Avon and Somerset
of Road Safety at Avon and Somerset police, Chief Inspector Kevan
Rowlands, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Our message is very simple;
if you get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs,
you are risking your life and the lives of those around you."
year we are disappointed to see the number of people who are still
willing to take that risk. Even one driver caught driving under
the influence of drink or drugs is one too many."
aim is to work with our partners to educate people about the dangers
and consequences of drink and drug driving and to send out a strong
message that to do so is morally and socially unacceptable."
is not just us who can help make a difference. We are asking the
public to help by calling 999 if they see someone who they believe
is driving while over the limit, or providing information by texting
us on 81819 starting the text with the word 'Drunk'."
and drug driving is one of the 'fatal four' offences, together with
speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while
driving, that are known to cause the majority of deaths on roads.
a driver is convicted for a drink or drug drive offence, they:
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.