Thursday, 20 December 2012

Police are still catching people driving whilst under the influence of alcohol

Two weeks into the drink drive campaign and 1.5% of people who have been breathalysed have been over the legal limit.

The Christmas Drink Drive campaign was launched on 1st December 2012 and after two weeks 587 people have been breathalysed, with 9 people testing positive for driving over the legal limit.

In 2011, after two weeks 684 people were breathalysed, with 15 people testing positive, which is just over 2%.

Over the next few days people will be celebrating Christmas and driving to visit friends and family, where the temptation to have an alcoholic drink can become harder to resist.

Having a drink at one house and then driving to visit someone else and having another could easily tip you over the limit and put your life, the lives of your passengers and also other road users at risk.

Inspector David Bosson, from Cumbria’s Road’s Policing Unit, said “Drink driving does have devastating consequences, the message is clear and simple, don’t do it, it is not worth it.

“The figures so far are low, which is good news, but it is still disappointing that people are taking a risk and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

“If you are visiting people over Christmas and are a designated driver, don’t risk having an alcoholic drink. Be sensible and leave it until you are not driving anymore. It is easy to make alternative arrangements to get home. Don’t ruin your Christmas or the Christmas of others by making a decision to drive whilst under the influence.

“By making alternative driving arrangements or taking the responsibility for being a designated driver seriously, you could prevent an accident and potentially save a life.

“Don’t start the New Year being involved in a drink driving related collision - you or loved ones could be injured or even have the responsibility of causing their death.”

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