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Police launch anti-drink drive campaign

HELP us keep the county’s roads safe by taking responsibility – that’s the plea from Essex Police as we launch our Summer Anti-Drink Drive Campaign.

This year’s campaign runs at the same time as the European Football Championships and Jubilee celebrations and officers will be out in force across Essex between Friday, June 1, 2012 and Saturday, June 30, 2011 cracking down on those who choose to drink and drive.

Essex Police deals with drink driving robustly 365 days a year but will be stepping up road checks in towns with bustling night time economies and rural areas where some drivers believe they have less chance of getting caught drunk behind the wheel.

As well as breath tests, our officers will be testing drivers for drug use with road side impairment tests and targeting those who use the road to commit other types of crime.

Visitors to the Essex Police website will be able to find out how many people are arrested for drink driving during the campaign. A totaliser showing the number of people breathalysed and found to be driving over the legal alcohol limit will be regularly updated at http://www.essex.police.uk/summerdrinkdrive

Essex Police is asking everyone to help keep the roads safe by taking responsibility and:

• Stopping family and friends getting behind the wheel if they have had an alcoholic drink

• Dialling 999 if you know someone is drunk and you see them getting behind the wheel of a car

• Calling Essex Police on 101 to give police information about someone who regularly chooses to drink and drive

• Telling Crimestoppers anonymously about people who regularly choose to drink and drive by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Drink driving risks lives, not just that of the driver and their passengers but other innocent people using the road. It can result in a criminal record, the loss of a driving licence or a fine of up to £5000. More seriously, it can kill or injure someone and leave the driver facing up to 14 years in prison and having to live with their actions for the rest of their lives.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager at Essex Police, said: “Sadly there are still some people who selfishly choose to drink and drive and put lives at risk. As part of this Summer’s campaign we’re asking everyone to help keep the roads safe by taking personal responsibility. That means stopping friends and family getting behind the wheel of a car if you know they’ve had a drink and reporting drink drivers to Essex Police or Crimestoppers. Picking up the phone could save a life.

“As the weather improves we all enjoy BBQs and sitting in pub gardens. Many of us will also be supporting teams in the fast approaching European Football Championships. Don’t risk ruining your summer and the lives of other innocent people by getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Just one drink is too many when driving. One or two isn’t okay regardless of your age, sex or build so if you’re planning a night out or a trip to the pub to watch a match, designate a driver who will stick to soft drinks.

“Losing your licence could mean losing your job and leave you unable to pay your mortgage or rent. More seriously, you could face imprisonment and the prospect of having to live with the guilt of taking a life for the rest of yours.

“Please don’t drink and drive. Take responsibility and help make the roads of Essex safer.”

Ann Scott, Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “Last year Crimestoppers received 130 calls about drink drivers in Essex, indicating that this is a real concern for the public.

“If someone has information about a regular drink driver they may feel uncomfortable about going to the police. Crimestoppers can take this information 100% anonymously. We do not ask for the caller’s name or any personal details. We do not trace or record our calls and those giving information do not have to give a statement to the police or go to court. Nobody will know you called.

“In the 24 years we have been running Crimestoppers has never broken its promise of anonymity”.

County Councillor Derrick Louis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation at Essex County Council and Chairman of the Essex Casualty Reduction Board said; “I find it astonishing that, given the risks involved, some drivers still find it acceptable to drink and drive. Although this is a small amount of drivers, they are continuing to put themselves and others at risk and we will continue to target them and work to make our roads safer. There’s no excuse for drinking and driving.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. These campaigns need to be in operation everyday not just at key times, the introduction of drug driving testing also needs to be put in place as this is now taking over the drink drive percentage.

  2. I feel that the Essex police are some what losing the plot, they cant detect a driver who is abusing drugs or drink by holding up a automatic speed recorder, or as they were called years ago, magic hairbrushes, they need to stop the car then ask the driver certain questions and then smell their breathes, but that wont detect drugs, I think if they rounded up every known drug dealers and drug suppliers in Essex and Kent, then there wouldnt be so much drugs to purchase in the counties, still I suppose you cant stop the determined pathetic numptie who wants to kill themselves and other innocent people..

  3. If the police force hadn’t been continuely cut by governments, then they maybe could do this on a daily basis.

  4. It is not just about cuts, which I agree this should stop, but also about procedures and better deployment, police are too bogged down with paperwork and policy from above, remove this and let them do their jobs rather than trying to meet government targets and maybe things woudl improve.

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