Christmas is one of the busiest times for police, mainly as they are aware that some people will try to bend the rules and drink more than they should before getting behind the wheel. However, according to police reports, during the summer month’s drivers are also more likely to drive over the limit, especially young people or those that drink during the warm summer days. According to police, many don’t realise that even one drink can put you over the legal driving limit, and so they are urging drivers to be more careful.
In Lancaster, the police issued warnings about drinking and then driving before begining their summer drink driving campaign which will target drivers in well-known drink driving ‘hot-spots’. Across Lancaster there will be a number of check points where drivers will be tested for alcohol and drug use, and if found under the influence can have their car impounded, be taken to court, or face points on their licences and higher motor insurance premiums.
Discussing the new campaign, Chief Inspector Debbie Howard said: “The only safe option is not to drive if you plan to drink. We know people like to make the most of the warmer weather in the summer months and this can sometimes lead to more alcohol being consumed. We want people to enjoy themselves but to be aware of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The consequences of drink driving are high. A conviction could mean that you lose your job, home, family and friends. Not only that but you are more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn’t been drinking, potentially resulting in serious injury or even death.”
Meanwhile, the Lancaster County Council road and transport safety manager, Paul Binks, said: “It has taken years of hard work to change attitudes to drink driving and achieve the much safer roads we have now. The work being carried out by the police this summer is vital.” The Lancaster Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw also voiced his support over tougher rules on drink driving, and said: “We all want to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads and any initiative that raises awareness of the harm driving under the influence of drink or drugs can do has to be a good thing for all residents.”