The Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner is calling on the government to lower the drink-drive limit.
One in four drivers involved in fatal accidents in the county this year were under the influence of alcohol, drugs or even both.
Martyn Underhill says the current limit is too generous and wants the limit to be the same as that in the rest of Europe.
A majority of European countries, including Denmark and Bulgaria, have a blood alcohol content limit of 0.05%, while England, Wales and Northern Ireland have a limit of 0.08% or 35 micrograms per 100ml of breath, and Scotland 22 micrograms per 100ml of breath.
A separate investigation had revealed that more motorists are being charged with drink-driving in largely rural areas.
Between June 2016 and May 2017, there was a drink-drive charge rate in Dorset of 6.91 per a population of 10,000.
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Police in Weymouth are investigating an assault in the town centre.
Officers say a Weymouth man in his 40s was assaulted on Saturday night by an unknown man outside of the Nautico Lounge in St Thomas Street.
It is believed he was struck by his own crutches.
The victim suffered serious head and back injuries and is currently in a life-threatening condition in hospital.
The suspect, who was captured on town centre CCTV, is described as a white man with short hair and was wearing a dark coloured T-shirt, blue shorts and light coloured trainers.
Detective Sergeant Mark Portelli, of Weymouth CID says police are seeking witnesses.
We have also not recovered the victim’s crutches and I would urge anyone who might have information as to where these might be to contact us.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk.
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A video of a policeman having a dance-off with festival-goers has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times online.
The viral clip shows Special Constable Jason Cox 'Dad dancing' at Camp Bestival. It was shared by Dorset Police on Twitter.
Who won the dance off? Take a look at the full video below:
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Police in Dorset Police say their 101 service is currently unavailable due to a technical fault.
The issue was reported to police at around 1pm today and is currently being investigated.
The emergency 999 number is unaffected.
We do not currently know when the service will resume, however we are doing everything we can to identify the fault and quickly ensure a normal service is resumed.
Remember, if your call is an emergency, i.e. a threat to life, or if a crime is in progress, always call 999.
Non-emergency enquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Police searching for a missing man have found a body in the water off the coast of Weymouth.
Although formal identification is yet to take place, the body is believed to be that of spear fisherman Andrew Scott.
The 27 year old disappeared after going on a fishing trip a week ago.
His family have been informed and the coroner has been notified.
His death is not being treated as suspicious and our thoughts are with Andrew’s family at this difficult time.
Dorset Police are renewing their appeal after a man died following a collision on Portland Beach Road.
Officers were informed of the incident at 11.25pm on Wednesday June 28.
The collision involved a blue BMW, being driven by a 49-year-old man, and a grey Peugeot 2008, containing the 67-year-old male driver and his 72-year-old male passenger – with all three men from the local area.
Police Sergeant Nikki Burt, of the traffic unit, said: "Sadly the 72-year-old Peugeot passenger, who had sustained life-threatening injuries, has died."
“Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time and they will be supported by specifically trained officers."
"Following the collision the road was closed in both directions for some time to enable our teams to investigate the scene. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish why and how the collision occurred."
"However, we still need to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident. If you have not been in contact with us yet, please call."
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