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Police target drivers under the influence in Aylesbury

A national campaign has been launched with local forces teaming up to tackle the issues

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 6:08am 20th December 2019. (Updated at 6:12am 20th December 2019) 3-minute read.

Police target drivers under the influence in Aylesbury

Thames Valley Police have been out in Aylesbury to launch Operation Holly.

The national campaign targets drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs. 

Out on Stocklake officers spoke to drivers going over the speed limit, tested those they believed to be under the influence. 

PC Liz Johnson is the road safety officer for the joint operation, and wants drivers to change their mindset: 

"We would advocate you don't drink anything. Any alcohol will affect your ability to drive. You're three times more like to crash if you've had any alcohol."

Breathalyzer

But Liz also wants the campaign to educate people on drug driving, especially after new laws came in to force.

"If you're doing recreational drugs then don't drive at all. The government have set the limit so low its literally trace amounts. So if you've consumed any recreational drugs you will be over the limit.

There are also some medical drugs that have limits too. So you need to follow your doctors advice on that.

It is the same penalty as drink driving, so you will be arrested, taken to the police station and we take some blood from you which is test."

Operation Holly is urging people to use cabs and public transport instead of driving under the influence, or have a designated driver when possible.

If you are found to be over the limit, you will go to magistrates court and could end up with a minimum 12 months driving ban and a means tested fine. 

Police speed gun

Campaigners are urging people to think about these consequences, as a driving ban can have a knock on affect on someones ability to attend work and ultimately pay the bills.

During their morning at Stocklake one man was pulled over for speeding but Sargent Keith Rayner:

"We pulled one gentleman over for a minor speeding offence and he displayed symptoms of being imparted. We did a drug swab test on his saliva and it came back positive for cocaine, so he has been arrested and taken to the police station."

A danger around this time of year is "the morning after" where people drive the day after consuming one of these substances.

"People can put in what they're drinking on their night outs and it will calculate when they will be alcohol free the next day.

"I recommend everyone use this and get educated about units and how long it will take to be alcohol free.

If you know someone who drink or drug drives, or is planning to,  you can report them online or by calling 101. Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If the danger is immediate call 999.

 

 

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