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Motoring organisation issues Christmas drink drive warning

Motoring organisation issues 'drink drive' warning to drivers

Almost a fifth of drivers in the South have driven the morning after a night of heavy drinking according to figures from the AA.

The organisation has released the numbers to remind drivers this festive season - that they can still be over the limit the next day. However, the survey also shows that more than half of party goers will avoid drink driving by agreeing a designated driver before a night out.

The organisation also polled people on the top tactics they use the morning after a night of heavy drinking to reduce alcohol levels:

  • 37% Drink lots of water
  • 16% Eat a fried breakfast
  • 9% Drink fruit juice
  • 6% Take an Aspirin
  • 3% Go for a run
  • 2% Drink Irn Bru
  • 2% Eat choclate
  • 5% Use other methods

However, the AA recommends that if people are going to drive early the next day, that they do not drink at all the night before.


Police will name and shame drink and drug drivers

Sussex and Surrey police officers will tweet about people stopped on suspicion of drink or drug-driving as part of a campaign to cut the number of rogue motorists in the run-up to Christmas.

Throughout December, officers will disclose details on Twitter, including when and where motorists were pulled over for the alleged offences.

Those who are charged with drink or drug-driving offences can then expect to be publicly "named and shamed" as part of the forces' joint Christmas offensive.

Warning posters will be put up where people were arrested during last year's festive campaign in a further effort to deter offending on the roads.

And people are being invited to text officers with details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving or by visiting the website

Sergeant Jane Derrick, the head of roads policing across Sussex and Surrey, said there remained a "small minority" of motorists who refused to believe the law applies to them.

Last December, 211 motorists were arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving in Sussex, with 135 of them so far being convicted of offences. Another five are still going through the courts.

Sgt Derrick said: " There is no excuse for driving while over the limit or after taking drugs but there remains a small minority who refuse to believe that the law applies to them."

To illustrate the campaign, Sussex Police has released video of Jason Fray, 29, who was arrested at 2.30am on December 20 last year after officers found him parked next to the A29 at Billingshurst.

As officers suspected him of drug-driving, he was ordered to prove he was fit to drive by carrying out basic tasks, including walking in a straight line and standing on one leg.

Fray, of Rascals Close, Southwater, was convicted of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs. He was banned from driving for four months, fined £250 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

Police warn drivers not to drink drive over Christmas

In a bid to tackle drink and drug driving over the Christmas period, police in the Meridian region are naming and shaming those who have been charged.

It is all part of an annual campaign, which starts today, to crackdown on dangerous driving in the Thames Valley, Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Police will be releasing names and photos of those charged with drink driving Credit: PA

The custody images of those charged with drink or drug driving offences will also be released, alongside details of their court appearances.

The month-long initiative will finish on Thursday 1st January 2015.

Hovertravel conclude internal investigation

"Throughout the court proceedings Hovertravel has co-operated fully with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's investigation. Following sentencing today, we can now conclude our own internal investigation. "Hovertravel is fully committed to the health and safety of passengers and staff, with a comprehensive set of robust policies and a zero tolerance to alcohol and drugs, all endorsed by the MCA."

– Hovertravel press statement

The moment drunk hovercraft pilot fell unconscious

A hovercraft pilot has been sentenced to eight months in jail for being almost three times the drink drive limit on a journey across the Solent.

Thirty-six passengers were on board the service between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight when Richard Pease had a near miss with a tanker and a busy pier - before missing the landing pad. Andrew Pate reports from Newport Crown Court.


Hovercraft pilot, well over drink driving limit, jailed for eight months

Richard Pease Credit: M & Y

A hovercraft pilot has been sentenced to eight months in jail for being nearly three times over the drink drive limit on a journey across the Solent.

Thirty six passengers were on board the service between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight when Richard Pease had a near miss with a tanker and a busy pier before missing the landing pad at Ryde.

Underage drink driving: Hampshire Police reaction

Hampshire Constabulary Road Safety Sergeant, Rob Heard said: “These figures show that over a six year period 276 drivers between the ages of 14 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of drink driving in Hampshire. The vast majority of these were males aged 17.

“While this figure is higher than some other Force areas in the UK up to the end of 2013, it reflects the significant efforts that are made across Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight to prevent driving while impaired through drink or drugs.

"Each of these arrests potentially represents a life, or lives, saved on our roads and this research demonstrates that we are detecting these offences effectively.

“Interestingly the figures for 2012 and 2013 are significantly reduced by more than two thirds compared to the figure from 2008.

"This ongoing decline seems to demonstrate that our educational messages to young drivers are being heard clearly.

"One such example is our 'Safe Drive, Stay Alive' series of educational presentations in colleges and community centres across the county.

"These take place every November, with the first of these being held at King's Community Church in Hedge End on Thursday, November 13.

“Many teenagers understand that if you choose to drink or drug drive, we will catch you, you will go to court and you will lose your licence.

"We are determined to reduce casualties on our roads and our success in identifying people who drive while impaired through drink or drugs is just one element of our work to do so”.

"If you have concerns about someone that you suspect of driving while impaired you can report this anonymously to crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also register for 'Safe Drive, Stay Alive' events online at"

11-year-old stopped for drink driving

An eleven year old child has been stopped by police targeting drink drivers in the Thames Valley.

Statistics show in Hampshire more than two hundred drink drivers under the age of eighteen were caught in the six years to 2013.

An average of 1,000 under-18s have been convicted of drink-driving per year since 2008, according to police figures obtained by in-car camera provider Nextbase.

The statistics showed there were an average of five drink-drivers under 18 caught each week since 2008.

"Uninsured drivers on UK roads pose a huge threat to the safety of the vast majority of responsible motorists and pedestrians. These threats come in many forms and today's findings go to show that it's not just those who illegally choose not to buy insurance. Motorists have to be aware of such threats and take appropriate measures to mitigate the risk."

– Nextbase spokesman Bryn Brooker

"Tackling drink-driving is a priority for the Government and we are taking steps to strengthen enforcement, including allowing roadside breath tests to be used as evidence in prosecutions and removing the statutory right of drivers to demand a blood or urine test at the police station which can give them time to sober up. We have also made it a requirement for convicted drink-drivers to take medical tests to prove they are no longer alcohol-dependent before being allowed to drive. Under-age driving is illegal and no person under the age of 17 should be driving a car. We have tough laws in place to tackle those caught driving without a licence. Drink-driving is a menace that costs lives, and the Government is strengthening the law to help police crack down on this problem."

– A Department for Transport spokesman
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