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Crackdown On Bucks Motorists Who Drink Or Drug- Drive

Crackdown On Bucks Motorists Who Drink Or Drug- Drive

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 12:54pm 7th June 2016.

"Don't drink or drug-drive, it's not worth the risk..." - that is the message from Thames Valley Police.

They are cracking down on Bucks motorists who commit the crime in their latest campaign.

Officers will be carrying out breathalyse checks and drug tests on suspected offenders throughout this week.

Drivers who are found to be unfit to drive or over the drink or drug-drive limit will be arrested.

If caught - we could face a 5-thousand pound fine, plus a minimum of three points on your license.

Sgt Chris Appleby, from the Roads Policing Department, said:

“Driving after drinking is a major cause of death and injury on our roads. Alcohol impairs many of the functions necessary for safe driving and the risk of death or injury rapidly increases with alcohol consumption, it’s not worth the risk.

“This is the first drink and drug-drive campaign this year, following on from the success of the 2015 national Christmas drink and drug-driving campaign. Nationally 110,226 motorists were breathalysed with 5,543 (five per cent) testing positive, refused to provide or failed There were also 1,888 drug screening device tests administered, 931 of which (49 per cent) were positive.

“A new report (March 2016) written and published on behalf of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport (PACTS) has confirmed that alcohol is the biggest impairment to drivers.

“On 2 March 2015 the drug-driving law changed to make it easier for the police to catch and convict drug-drivers. Seventeen legal and illegal drugs are covered by the law, including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine. The limits for all illegal drugs are extremely low – taking even a very small amount of an illegal drug could put drivers over the limit.

“However, a recent survey by Brake Road Safety Charity revealed a shocking one in 16 drivers (six per cent) admit they drive at least once a month after having taken drugs. The Department for Transport confirmed a six-fold increase in the number of people caught drug-driving in the 12 months since the law change.

“Official figures show 47 road deaths and 197 serious injuries in 2014 were caused when a driver was impaired by some kind of drug.

“This campaign will draw drivers’ attention to the risks posed by using drink or drugs while in control of a vehicle and the serious penalties which they will face when they are caught.”

Follow the campaign on Twitter using #ItsNotWorthTheRisk for updates throughout the week.

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