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Drink drive menace as bad as even

PUBLISHED: 19:57 09 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:10 03 March 2010

ON the day shock figures showed a rise in drink-drivers over Christmas and New Year The Evening Star names and shames three more Suffolk motorists who were drunk behind the wheel.

ON the day shock figures showed a rise in drink-drivers over Christmas and New Year The Evening Star names and shames three more Suffolk motorists who were drunk behind the wheel.

For two of the three – Jeffrey Gillings of Bawdsey and Dean Dolby of Chattisham – it was their second offence.

Their disgrace comes as a senior Suffolk police officer admitted that despite the law, and the carnage drunken motorists cause some will never take notice of the dangers they pose.

Chief Inspector Mike Gooch from Suffolk Police said: "It is a difficult problem. The campaigns are run every year. Everyone is aware of the dangers and the penalties they face.

"Campaigns like the Star's naming and shaming offenders are very useful to raise the profile of the issue.

"But still there are some people who flout the law – either through ignorance or because they think they won't be caught," said Ch Insp Gooch.

Worryingly, the biggest increase nationally appears to be among young drivers – the group that seemed to take most notice of earlier drink-driving campaigns.

The news about the increase in drink-driving brought back painful memories for John Randall, who lives at Leavenheath near Sudbury.

His 23-year-old son Giles was killed in a road accident in 1990, and since then Mr Randall has been a member of the Campaign Against Drink Driving.

He feels that the law should be tightened. "I would like to see the drink-drive limit reduced – and anyone caught drink driving should be banned from the roads for life," he said.

"It is especially worrying that more young people have been caught this year."

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