LOCAL NEWS: Dorset Police launch crackdown on Christmas drink driving


Dorset police will be patrolling the roads during the festive season with the hope of lowering the amount of drink driver incidents.

Drivers will be breath tested if police believe their driving has been impaired by consuming alcohol or drugs, if they have committed a moving traffic offence, or if they have been involved in a road traffic collision.

Last December in Dorset there were ninety four positive, refused or failed breath tests. Sixty two of those were people aged 18 -34 and thirty two were 35 or older.

Dorset Police reminds drivers that in Dorset, that in some cases drink drivers could be disqualified from driving within seven days of being charged with the offence.

Inspector Joe Pardey, Alliance Roads Policing, said: “Drink driving continues to be an issue during the festive season where the temptation to drink and drive is likely to be higher than at other times of the year. We are determined to take dangerous drivers off the road.”

Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, said: “It is unbelievable that there are still people out there who think it’s OK to get behind the wheel after they’ve had a lot to drink.

“We’re sending out a very clear message – don’t do it. You will be up before the magistrates within a week, lose your licence by Christmas and possibly your job and your home in the New Year.”

In 2018 there was a total of 1,784 reported road deaths in the UK. 

You can find more information about drinking safe at Christmas here.



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