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Brake welcome police crackdown on drink and drug drivingBack

As the festive season begins, it is the perfect time to highlight to motorists the grave consequences of drinking and drug driving.

Well known charity Brake is welcoming a police crackdown on drink and drug drivers this Christmas led by new ACPO lead on road safety DCC Suzette Davenport.

The crackdown follows a breath testing campaign carried out by police over the summer which indicated a rise in drink driving, with more drivers found over the legal limit than in the previous year.

In 2010, 250 deaths were caused by drink driving, with 1230 serious injuries also recorded throughout the UK which is why this year Brake is urging drivers to not drink any alcohol whatsoever or take any amount of drugs before they get behind the wheel, in the hope it will prevent needless and devastating casualties.

In addition to this campaign, Brake is also urging the government to toughen up the existing laws for drink and drug related driving, suggesting that the following measures are taken to help improve the current situation:

  1. Reduce the drink drive limit to 20mg alcohol/100ml blood, to prove that even very small amounts of drink and drugs can impair a driver’s performance on the road.
  2. To introduce police powers for carrying out random breath testing as and when they see fit.
  3. To introduce roadside drugs testing as well as a law on driving whilst under the influence of illegal drugs, in the hope it will become easier to catch and prosecute drug drivers.
  4. Prioritise roads policing so that more resources are provided to this area, resulting in the successful arrest of more drink and drug drivers.

Ellen Booth, Brake senior campaigns officer, said: “We fully support this vital crackdown on deadly and selfish drink and drug drivers. Every Christmas, and indeed every week of the year, many families are confronted by the death of a loved one, or a terrible injury, caused by drivers wilfully taking these appalling risks. We urge drivers to imagine the consequences for a second and realise it’s never worth chancing your life and other people’s. Our simple message is not a drop, not a drag – please make a pledge to never drive on any amount of alcohol or drugs.”

 

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 02/12/2011