The other day we discussed how police in Lancaster have said that during the summer months more people are likely to drive over the limit, and so they have created a number of checkpoints around the county in order to crack down on drink and drug drivers. Now, police across the UK have followed suit and have announced that they too are launching summer campaigns using a £740,000 fund provided by the government.
Discussing the campaign, head of the Association of Chief Police Officers roads policing division, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, said: “Police take this offence very seriously and experience shows us that courts take a very dim view of anyone who is caught. It is appalling that in 2013 we still have to remind people not to drink or take drugs and drive. To combat this, we will be stopping and testing thousands more drivers throughout the month of June. For causing death while driving when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, drivers could face 14 years’ imprisonment.”
“These deaths are avoidable if drivers simply make the decision not to drink or take drugs and drive, or make alternative arrangements to get home from summer time events.” The launch of the campaign was not long after the AA published results of a survey which showed that 88 per cent of 18-24 years old said they would be ‘devastated’ if they found out they could not drive. Road safety minister Stephen Hammond said: “Drink-driving is a menace and drivers should be clear that if they get behind the wheel over the limit this summer, they will lose their licence, get a criminal record, and face a fine. They could even end up in jail.”
“The findings of this poll are clear: drivers love their cars and a drink-driving conviction would not only leave a massive hole in their pockets, it would leave a massive hole in their lives. Nobody wants to spend their summer in a prison cell so whether you are drinking in the pub or at a friend’s barbeque, make sure you do not drink and drive – it could have devastating consequences for you and for others.” Motorists have also been warned that if they are behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol that their car insurance policies will also be void, meaning that if caught they would have to pay for any legal fees themselves.