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Pub trials 'drunk tanks' in a bid to stop Christmas drink-driving

A pub in Worcestershire is trialling 'drunk-tanks' to stop customers drink-driving Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

A Worcestershire pub is creating pop-up 'drunk tanks' in its beer garden this December in a bid to stop drink-driving over Christmas.

The idea was developed by the landlady of the Drum and Monkey and a pub regular who makes tents. Between them they have devised an area, complete with tents and sleeping bags, where drinkers can wait for the effects of a night out to disappear before driving home.

England's most capped player in court over drink driving

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Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, from Warwickshire, will appear in court later this month after being arrested for drink-driving.

Peter Shilton was arrested in Colchester, Essex, on February 24, after being found to be driving with excess alcohol in his system.

A spokesman for Essex Police said the 63-year-old will appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court on March 19.

Shilton, of Kenilworth, is England's most capped player, having made 125 appearances for his country.

He played more than 1,000 competitive matches for 11 different clubs including Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Derby and Leicester.

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Fewer drink-drivers arrested than last year

115 people were arrested, that is 2 less than the year before, a result welcomed by police officers Credit: ITV Central

Almost 6,000 people were breathalysed as part of last month's drink and drug drive campaign in Northamptonshire. That is almost double the number the previous year.

Police arrested 115 people, that is 2 less than the year before, a result welcomed by police officers.

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Nottinghamshire drink drive campaign: 135 arrested

A total of 135 motorists were arrested for being over the limit during the annual drink drive campaign in Nottinghamshire.

The campaign ran throughout December and over the New Year in which officers stopped motorists suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A substantial number of motorists out there continue to drink and drive regardless of the consequences – risking their own lives and that of others by doing so.

As the figures show many drivers didn’t heed our warnings and are now facing a hefty fine, a lengthy driving ban and even a spell behind bars.

– Chief Inspector Andy Charlton

Lincolnshire drink drive campaign: 100 arrested

100 drivers were arrested during Lincolnshire's drink drive campaign Credit: PA

100 drivers were arrested for drink or drug related offences in Lincolnshire in December.

In the first three days of the campaign eight people were arrested and over the course of the month, an average of three drivers were arrested each day.

Nationally, 25 per cent of all road deaths involves the driver being under the influence of alcohol and 2011 saw the first increase in drink drive collisions since 2002.

86 arrested for drink driving in December

86 arrested for drink driving in December Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leicestershire Police say a total of 86 people have been arrested for being over the legal alcohol limit whilst in charge of a motor vehicle in the past month.

Superintendent Jim Holyoak, Road Policing Unit at Leicestershire Police said:

“No officer wants to have to knock on someone’s door and deliver the message that a loved one has died or been seriously injured at the hands of a drink driver.”

If you drink alcohol we will catch up with you, we are determined to make our roads safer and this starts by removing those individuals who recklessly drink and drive on our roads.”

How to avoid becoming a drink driver

Avoid drink driving Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Here are some tips from Directgov and Findlaw.

  • Do not drink at all and avoid the risk

  • If there is a chance you will drink, leave your car at home

  • Know your units and how much you can legally drink

  • Do not presume you are sober the next morning

  • Appoint a designated driver from the group

  • Understand there are no tricks to help you sober up more quickly

  • Do not offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is driving

  • Do not accept a lift from someone you know has been drinking

Follow these links to ITV Central's coverage of drink-driving campaigns

Knowing your limits

West Midlands Police Campaign

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