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First driver stopped 'is over the limit'

Police in Sussex who set up a roadside check on the first day of the summer drink drive campaign arrested the first motorist they stopped.

The 35-year-old man from Lewes was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol when he was stopped in Brighton, at 8.15am on Saturday, 1st June 2013.

It's not unusual for motorists to be driving on the morning after drinking and not realise they are still over the limit. However, a positive breath test on the very first motorist did come as a bit of surprise to the arresting officer.

Drink drive checks are daily business for us, but during June we will be holding more visible checks. During the summer months people often enjoy an alcoholic drink outside, in a pub garden, at a barbecue or on the beach, without thinking of the consequences if they then decide to drive. But, as this case shows, it's not just an evening or late night problem."

– Inspector Car Knapp, Sussex Road Policing Unit

Sussex Police is appealing to the public to report suspected drunk drivers by calling 101 or texting 65999 with as many details as you can. If the offence is taking place there and then, people are encouraged to dial 999 immediately.


Kent Police warning to summer drink drivers

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Over the limit? Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

With The FA Cup Final kicking off the summer of sport at the weekend, fans are being urged not to cost themselves a penalty by mixing the game with drink-driving. In June last year, Kent Police breath tested 716 drivers and arrested 172 people for drink-driving in the county.

Kent County Council’s Road Safety Team, Kent Police and Medway Council want to blow the full-time whistle on drink driving with their latest road safety campaign, ‘Don’t Blow It’. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the issues of drink-driving.

Wiltshire Police reveal Christmas drink drive figures

Wiltshire Police have released the results of their Christmas Drink Drive campaign. Officers arrested eighty-five drivers for positive breath tests, refusing or failing to provide a test.

Another thirteen drivers were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs while driving.

The annual anti-drink driving campaign ran from 1st December to 1st January 2013. Wiltshire Police administered 2,579 breath tests in total.

“As a direct result of this crackdown, 85 drivers are now off our roads for being giving a positive breath test, refusing or failing to provide a breath test and 13 were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs.

“The number of collisions reported to Wiltshire Police between December 1st 2012 and January 1st 2013 has fallen by 277 compared to the same period last year which reduced the number of breath tests administered following collisions by 65 and the total number of those that were positive, refused or failed to provide fell by 6.

“'The aim of this year’s campaign was firstly to highlight the dangers of drug and drink driving supported by a planned pro-active increase in the number of road checks and vehicles stopped.

“What I would like to make perfectly clear is that we have officers patrolling our roads throughout the year – not just over the Christmas period. Drivers should not get complacent as we have team targeting those drivers who put themselves and others at risk by getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

– Inspector Steve Cox, Head of Roads Policing, Wiltshire Police

Less tolerance for drink drivers

People are becoming less tolerant of drink drivers - that's what police in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have found during their month long drink drive campaign. Since December 1, 100 people have been arrested for drink driving in the two counties.

Acting Police Sergeant Neil Lancaster spoke to Meridian and said officers have also been noticing how children are increasingly becoming the designated drivers for their parents on a night out.


Who's your designated driver tonight?

Revellers celebrating New Year's Eve are being told to have a designated driver Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Police are reminding festive party-goers to nominate a designated driver before heading out on the town this New Year’s Eve. The request comes as Hampshire Constabulary’s Christmas drink-drive campaign nears its end, with more than 100 people arrested for drink-driving since December 1.

Officers have been posting messages on Facebook and Twitter sites, encouraging people to get organised before they head out for the night. Chief inspector Andy Bottomley said: “People pulled over for drink-driving after a night out are often full of excuses but none of them are ever good enough.

“New Year’s Eve falls in the same month and on the same date every year so there’s no excuse not to plan ahead. Why not offer to buy one of your mate’s soft drinks all night, or pay for them to get into a club in exchange for that lift home?”

Police arrest 17 suspected drink drivers

Roads policing officers have arrested 17 people on suspicion of drink-driving just two days into Hampshire Constabulary’s ‘Smashed’ campaign. 'Smashed' was launched on Saturday and is aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers around the festive season.

Between 12.01am on Saturday and 11.59pm on Sunday, 17 people - 13 men and four women - were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Of those arrested, 14 were charged and three were bailed pending further enquiries.

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