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Police to broadcast drink drive road policing operation

A drink drive road policing operation will be broadcast by West Midlands Police later today (1 December).

It will be broadcast on the Roads Policing section of force's Letters of the Law website.

The force started its annual campaign yesterday (30 November).

Chief Inspector Kerry Blakeman will also take to Twitter between 18.00 and 19.00, taking questions about the police operation.

"We will be carrying out spot checks 24/7 over the month long campaign and drivers can expect to be stopped at any time.

"We hope that by broadcasting part of a road policing operation live we will get people thinking about the consequences of drink driving and also on a practical level we want to give an insight into what people can expect if they are stopped as part of a drink drive operation."

– Chief Inspector Kerry Blakeman, West Midlands Police

What happens when the police breathalyse you?

Police forces across the East Midlands have started their Christmas Drink Drive Campaign.

Officers in Leicester have been stopping motorists committing driving offences like not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone, and then breathalising them.

They are keen to get the message across that people can still be over the limit the morning after the night before if they've been drinking.

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Mother whose son was killed by drink driver backs campaign

Jane Bennett's son was the passenger of a car driven by a man twice over the limit Credit: ITV Central

A mother whose son was killed by a drink driver has backed this year's West Midlands Police Christmas drink and drug driving campaign.

Jane Bennett's son was the passenger of a car driven by a man who was twice over the legal limit when it crashed.

Images of family who are campaigning for change to ante natal screenings

Rachel in hospital
Rachel in hospital Credit: ITV Central

Jamie and Rachael Bonser are campaigning for hospitals to check for a condition at every pregnant woman's 20-week scan.

The condition is called Vasa Praevia and is caused by the placental or umbilical blood vessels crossing the birth canal.

It is not mandatory for hospitals to check for the condition.

A full list of the symptoms and what to do about them is available here.

Abigail in hospital
Abigail in hospital Credit: Family Photo
4D ultra sound picture of Abigail
4D ultra sound picture of Abigail Credit: Family photo

555 healthy babies die every year from a condition that could be routinely screened

Abigail was just three-days-old when she died
Abigail was just three-days-old when she died Credit: Family photo

Vasa Praevia is caused by blood vessels from the umbilical cord crossing the birth canal, resulting in the death of an otherwise healthy baby.

If the condition is diagnosed early, then the survival rate is 100 per cent.

Rachel and Jamie Bonser from Bestwood in Nottinghamshire, lost their 3 day old baby Abigail in March 2010. Since then they have been campaigning for awareness of the condition and raising funds to pay for a telephone helpline for women who may be affected.

As it stands now women can only be scanned for the condition if they pay for it privately.

Rachel says that leaving the maternity unit empty handed as she did, made her determined that it shouldn't happen to other mothers.

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