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Dorset Police to 'name and shame' drink drivers

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Dorset Police is launching its summer drink driving campaign which is set to run until Monday 16 July to coincide with the World Cup.

Those caught will appear in court before being publicly named by the Force and have their images shared on Dorset Police social media accounts later this summer.

During 2017, four people were killed and 88 people were injured in collisions involving someone being under the influence.

Throughout the six-week operation, officers will be requesting breath tests from all drivers involved in road traffic collisions, irrespective of whether or not they suspect an offence.

Drivers can expect to be tested during routine stop checks and if they are stopped for an offence.

During 2017, 924 people were arrested for testing positive for alcohol, refusing to provide a breath test or failing their test by blowing over the legal limit.

With the summer weather and the approaching World Cup football tournament, we’re at a time when drivers are more likely to risk drink driving after socialising. I would ask those planning to go out for a few drinks to consider how you’re going to get home beforehand.

Last summer we publicly named and issued the images of 32 drivers as part of the campaign with very positive feedback from the public about the approach.

– Police Constable Heidi Moxam, Dorset Police

People convicted of drink driving can expect to be banned from driving for at least 12 months, receive a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months in prison. When someone dies as a result of a collision involving a drink driver, sentences can carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Don’t risk it, it’s never worth it.

– Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk