Devon and Cornwall Police reminds all drivers that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs this summer can have serious and far reaching consequences, for the driver or for innocent passengers or for other road users.
Drivers can expect to be tested for alcohol and or drugs if they are involved in a collision or if stopped for any motoring offence.
Whilst many hear of the risks of driving whilst under the influence and the devastating consequences of involvement in a collision which results in death or serious injury, there are social consequences as well. Losing your driving licence, loss of employment and even the loss of your home can occur after conviction.
Those convicted can expect to be disqualified from driving for at least 12 months, receive a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months in prison. Collisions resulting in a fatality, where the driver is under the influence of alcohol can carry a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment.
Inspector Simon Jenkinson of the Alliance Roads Policing team said: “The consequences of driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs can be very serious for you, your family, and your friends, the impact can last a lifetime. Making any journey whilst impaired could have disastrous consequences.
“We are also aware that the World Cup Russia 2018 is taking place, and due to the timings of the screenings of the matches, there is potential for people to drink later into the night then they usually would. In the morning they might go on to drive without considering whether they may be under the influence or even still over the prescribed drink drive limit.
“You don’t have to be drunk to be a drink driver.
“Think about the devastation caused to families affected by serious road collisions and how many lives are needlessly lost when otherwise law abiding people decide to commit a crime thinking they won’t get caught. In our policing area, you are twice as likely to get caught.
“Alcohol and drugs remain in the system for a long time, something many of those who drive afterwards after don’t count on or realise. If anyone is working the next day or driving early, please act responsibly.”
Roads policing officers will be distributing single use breathalysers to show people how easy it is to exceed the drink drive limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. This limit is strict, but it’s impossible to say exactly how many drinks this equals – it’s different for each person.
Don’t risk it. The safest option for everyone is to not drink at all if you are driving, and not drive if you think you may still be under the influence the morning after.
If you have any information about drink/drug driving in your area, email email@example.com or in an emergency call 999.
Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or make a report via www.crimestoppers-uk.org