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Warwickshire and West Mercia Police launch drink drive campaign

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink driving during the Christmas period.

The consequences of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol are being highlighted with adverts in licensed premises across the region.

It is hoped the campaign will make people think about the outcomes of drink driving.

The campaign supports the month long national winter drink drive campaign Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Over the past three years 187 people have been killed or seriously injured in Warwickshire and West Mercia following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.

Leicestershire Police launches drink driving campaign

Leicestershire Police is launching its Christmas drink driving campaign today.

Random checks will be made throughout the day and night Credit: PA

Officers will be on the streets making checks at random locations.

Last December a total of 108 drivers were arrested during the campaign.

Cracking down on those who drink and then drive is a year-round commitment for Leicestershire Police.

However, we are very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive after drinking.

We would advise drivers to plan ahead by leaving the car at home, sharing a taxi or taking public transport or alternatively nominating a designated driver who will avoid drinking alcohol.

– Graham Compton, Leicestershire

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Driver caught five times over drink drive limit at 11am

A driver has been breath tested nearly five times over the drink drive limit after being pulled over on the M5 at 11.00am.

The Central Motorway Police Group posted this tweet showing the reading from the breathalyser used.

The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath - the driver caught this morning posted a reading of 160. The CMPG condemned the driver, remarking that there is 'no excuse' to be behind the wheel after consuming that amount of alcohol.

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Police chief warns drink drivers as £1000 rewards offered

This time of year is one of celebration for many including work parties and especially with family and friends. Our message is simple – if you are having a drink don’t drive.

Our campaign is very much intelligence led and by working with Crimestoppers it will allow us to target those who persistently drink and drive rather than conducting mass-testing.

If you drink alcohol or take drugs before driving, we’ll catch up with you. We are determined to make our roads safer and this starts by removing those individuals who recklessly drink and drug drive on our roads.

– Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of roads policing in Derbyshire

£1000 reward offered for reporting Derbyshire drink drivers

Derbyshire police are asking people to report drivers they know have got behind the wheel after drinking as part of their annual Christmas drink-drive campaign.

The campaign is being carried out with Crimestoppers until January 1, 2014.

Drink drive campaign Credit: Derbyshire Police

Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of a drink-driver. The size of the reward depends on the nature and seriousness of the offence.

Posters will be displayed in pubs and clubs across the county asking people to report anyone they see getting behind the wheel after drinking.

During last year’s campaign, officers conducted 391 breath tests and of those 79 (almost 20%) gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test or the driver failed to provide a sample.

Drink and drug-drive operations are in action all year round, but police put a particular focus on December because of the number of social events which go hand-in-hand with the season’s festivities.

Derbyshire police offer £1000 for reporting drink drivers

Derbyshire police are asking people to report drivers they know have got behind the wheel after drinking as part of their annual Christmas drink-drive campaign.

The campaign is being carried out with Crimestoppers until January 1, 2014.

Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of a drink-driver. The size of the reward depends on the nature and seriousness of the offence.

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