West Mercia Constabulary is promising a hard hitting offensive
against motorists who drive under the influence of drink
and drugs this Christmas and New Year.
part of Operation Christmas Presence, the force will be
putting on extra patrols to target the irresponsible drivers
who make the dangerous decision to drink or take drugs and
then drive over the festive season.
Christmas, 222 people across Herefordshire, Shropshire,
Telford and Wrekin and Worcestershire were arrested after
failing a breath test or refusing to give one. Thirty nine
people were arrested after roadside field impairment tests
proved they had been taking drugs.
John Roberts, the force's casualty reduction manager, said,
'Cracking down on those who take drugs or drink and then
drive is a year round commitment for West Mercia. However,
we are very aware the festive season can present opportunities
where people are tempted to drive after taking drugs or
drinking. To combat this, extra patrols will be conducted
in the run up to and over Christmas and New Year, in a bid
to tackle those who commit the unacceptable act of drink
or drug driving.
drugs or drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel
is totally deplorable and irresponsible behaviour that ruins
hundreds of lives every year. The message is very simple;
you're going out drinking with friends this Christmas, don't
drive and if you are driving don't drink.
illegal drugs is against the law, but when you combine drugs
with driving you become a crash waiting to happen. Don't
take the risk, it's simply not worth it. Worryingly, and
despite many warnings over the years about the dangers of
drink/drug driving, there are still far too many reckless
drivers ignoring the devastating consequences.
behind the wheel after you've been drinking or taking drugs
can have fatal consequences. Alcohol and drugs both affect
your ability to judge speed and distances accurately and
slow down your reaction time. It is impossible to get either
out of your system quickly, so trying to sober up by drinking
coffee or having a shower wont' work. If you are tempted
to drive under the influence of drink or drugs this Christmas
then spare a thought for your family and friends and think
hard about what you will put them through if you are badly
hurt or killed in a crash.'
you are convicted of a drink driving offence you:
Will have a criminal record
· Will lose your licence for at least 12 months
· Could face a maximum fine of £5000
· Could spend up to six months in prison
· Will see your car insurance rise steeply when you get
your licence back.
Sergeant John Roberts added, 'The message from West Mercia
Constabulary to anyone who contemplates getting behind the
wheel after a few festive drinks is simple. Don't do it!
Get a taxi, arrange to be picked up or choose a designated
driver before you go out. Don't risk killing yourself and
others. Take responsibility for your own actions and don't
let a moment of madness ruin your Christmas or your life.'
Mercia Constabulary is also part of the Safer Roads Partnership
and is supporting 'The End', a regional campaign to put
an end to drink and drug driving in West Mercia, Warwickshire
and the West Midlands.