Police launch drink drive campaign
PUBLISHED: 14:07 07 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010
SUFFOLK Police launched its Christmas anti drink-drive campaign today urging those people who may be tempted to take the risk to think again.
Chief Inspector Mike Gooch, said: "While we combat the menace of drink driving all year round, we will be increasing our efforts during this festive season.
SUFFOLK Police launched its Christmas anti drink-drive campaign today urging those people may be tempted to take the risk to think again.
Chief Inspector Mike Gooch said: "Whilst we combat the menace of drink driving all year round, we will be increasing our efforts during this festive season.
"We will be targeting locations and roads where we suspect people will be drinking and driving. Drivers who choose to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle run a very serious risk, we will catch them!" he warned. "The whole purpose of the law is to prevent injury, misery and death.
"Drink drivers need not think that they can escape detection by sticking to back roads, we will be there waiting for them. Our aim is to detect drink drivers before they have the opportunity to cause an accident."
Drivers in county performed particularly badly last year with six per cent of all those tested failing a breath test.
Between December 18 last year and January 2, 2001, 749 drivers were tested, of whom 44 people tested positive for excess alcohol. More than half of those who tested positive (56 pc) were tested at the scene of road collisions.
Motorists who test positive for excess alcohol can expect a public court appearance, a fine and/or penalty points, loss of their driving licence and in severe cases imprisonment.
Drink drivers don't only have to worry about being caught by the police. People in Suffolk have shown that they will not tolerate these irresponsible motorists. The police frequently receive calls from concerned members of the public who have witnessed someone driving in an erratic manner, possibly because they are drunk.
Police are encouraging the public to contact them if they believe they know of someone who is getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when they have had too much to drink.
"There is a clear correlation between drink drivers and collisions," said CI Mike Gooch. "Any assistance that we can get from the public to get drink drivers off the roads will make the county's roads safer for everyone."
N The Evening Star's Christmas Name and Shame Drink Driving campaign began on December 1. The paper pledges to report on all the drink drivers this month and next month who come before the courts.
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