Drink drivers targeted in rush hour clampdown

This Is Wiltshire: A motorist is pulled over during this morning's one-hour action in Swindon A motorist is pulled over during this morning's one-hour action in Swindon

DRINK drivers were being targeted in a co-ordinated day of action by community speedwatch and roads policing teams across Wiltshire this morning.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, was stationed in New Road near the Chiseldon House Hotel, where the Chiseldon Community Speedwatch (CSW) team were measuring speeds down the 30mph road.

With vehicles being tracked between 8am and 9am, the rush hour traffic produced a 40 per cent return of motorists over the speed limit.

With support from Sergeant Barrie Card, a member of the Roads Policing Unit at Wiltshire Police, each vehicle speeding was pulled over and the driver breathalysed in line with the Force’s Christmas Drink Drive campaign.

No drivers were prosecuted for drink driving during the one-hour period, but the day of action, as a part of the long-term Operation Harness, was seen as significant in raising awareness of the dangers of driving the morning after consuming alcohol.

The PCC said: “They are pulling over people who are speeding and breathalysing them as part of the campaign against those driving the morning after with too much booze in their system.

“This is a road the Speedwatch has expressed concerns about in the past.

“Today is a part of the way in which Speedwatch is developing, with more support from the Roads Policing Unit.

“Regular offenders will be getting visits and letters from the Constabulary. The volunteers give their time for free and they need to know that there is some action behind their efforts.”

The Chiseldon CSW are out on the roads around their village once a week, in New Road, Hodson Road and Badbury amongst other notorious hotspots.

The team is now up to six members, with four in attendance at today’s day of action. Chris Rawlings, 70, is the co-ordinator of the team of volunteers.

He said: “This monitoring is very much important because the trouble with this road is it’s very straight, and at this time of the morning there are children going to school whilst there have been drivers we’ve clocked in excess of 60mph before.

“We feel as though we are doing a public service, especially with the results we have been getting.

“The record for our speedwatch on this particular stretch of road is 54 vehicles going faster than 40mph in one hour.”

The volunteers of this Speedwatch programme cannot prosecute those they record at excessive speeds. Registration plates and a description of the car are logged, with letters being sent out to motorists’ home addresses.

At the arrival of the third letter, the driver will receive a visit from police, who offer stern advice on the spate of speeding. Even they, at that stage, cannot prosecute because the speeding has not been officially recorded by them.

However, Sgt Card said the police would attempt to catch persistent offenders in the act by tracking any trends in the motorist’s speeding and try to catch them with their own cameras.

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12:48pm Thu 12 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Should be an automatic 5 year ban and no excuses. Second time should be banned for life. There is no reason why anyone should drink and drive.
Should be an automatic 5 year ban and no excuses. Second time should be banned for life. There is no reason why anyone should drink and drive. house on the hill

1:22pm Thu 12 Dec 13

AndySN3 says...

house on the hill wrote:
Should be an automatic 5 year ban and no excuses. Second time should be banned for life. There is no reason why anyone should drink and drive.
Couldn't agree more, courts need to get tough on these people, drinking and driving kills!!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Should be an automatic 5 year ban and no excuses. Second time should be banned for life. There is no reason why anyone should drink and drive.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, courts need to get tough on these people, drinking and driving kills!! AndySN3

1:29pm Thu 12 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Sadly there are still around 100,000 who still do regularly and 10 times that who have done it at some time or other and they would be the first to jump up and down if something happened to a loved one. But that's the sad selfish "it will never happen to me so sod everyone else" brigade who infest this country.
Sadly there are still around 100,000 who still do regularly and 10 times that who have done it at some time or other and they would be the first to jump up and down if something happened to a loved one. But that's the sad selfish "it will never happen to me so sod everyone else" brigade who infest this country. house on the hill

1:33pm Thu 12 Dec 13

nobody says...

You only have to read the article a few days ago about drink driving to see how it devastates lives.
You only have to read the article a few days ago about drink driving to see how it devastates lives. nobody

1:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

BCDR99 says...

Why is there only ever this focus on making the roads safer at Christmas? Is it too difficult to just put a couple of police cars out on the roads of the area pulling people over for all sorts of bad, reckless, careless and dangerous driving?
Why is there only ever this focus on making the roads safer at Christmas? Is it too difficult to just put a couple of police cars out on the roads of the area pulling people over for all sorts of bad, reckless, careless and dangerous driving? BCDR99

2:00pm Thu 12 Dec 13

benzss says...

house on the hill wrote:
Sadly there are still around 100,000 who still do regularly and 10 times that who have done it at some time or other and they would be the first to jump up and down if something happened to a loved one. But that's the sad selfish "it will never happen to me so sod everyone else" brigade who infest this country.
Citation needed
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Sadly there are still around 100,000 who still do regularly and 10 times that who have done it at some time or other and they would be the first to jump up and down if something happened to a loved one. But that's the sad selfish "it will never happen to me so sod everyone else" brigade who infest this country.[/p][/quote]Citation needed benzss

2:37pm Thu 12 Dec 13

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Instead of targeting people going to work and paying their taxes, the police should start saving lives and by that I mean running this type of checks at week ends, and run them systematically!
Instead of targeting people going to work and paying their taxes, the police should start saving lives and by that I mean running this type of checks at week ends, and run them systematically! A.Baron-Cohen

3:15pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Ringer says...

benzss wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Sadly there are still around 100,000 who still do regularly and 10 times that who have done it at some time or other and they would be the first to jump up and down if something happened to a loved one. But that's the sad selfish "it will never happen to me so sod everyone else" brigade who infest this country.
Citation needed
Could you please provide a link to show that your 'citation needed' request is valid?
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Sadly there are still around 100,000 who still do regularly and 10 times that who have done it at some time or other and they would be the first to jump up and down if something happened to a loved one. But that's the sad selfish "it will never happen to me so sod everyone else" brigade who infest this country.[/p][/quote]Citation needed[/p][/quote]Could you please provide a link to show that your 'citation needed' request is valid? Ringer

5:32pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Oik1 says...

As far as I'm concerned, it's time the law was changed to 0% alcohol in the blood stream if your driving, as a past victim of a drink driver, not one person gets the slightest sympathy from me when caught drink driving.
And yes, I do enjoy a drink now and then, I also drive everyday, it dosn't take any effort to not mix the two.
As far as I'm concerned, it's time the law was changed to 0% alcohol in the blood stream if your driving, as a past victim of a drink driver, not one person gets the slightest sympathy from me when caught drink driving. And yes, I do enjoy a drink now and then, I also drive everyday, it dosn't take any effort to not mix the two. Oik1

7:26pm Thu 12 Dec 13

umpcah says...

Oik1 wrote:
As far as I'm concerned, it's time the law was changed to 0% alcohol in the blood stream if your driving, as a past victim of a drink driver, not one person gets the slightest sympathy from me when caught drink driving. And yes, I do enjoy a drink now and then, I also drive everyday, it dosn't take any effort to not mix the two.
0% alcohol in the blood stream if your driving ? The law will never change to that arrangement ! Many MPs, police officers, doctors, magistrates, etc will claim to drink responsibly ! More pubs would be forced to close, less tax reaped on sales of booze everywhere and so on.
[quote][p][bold]Oik1[/bold] wrote: As far as I'm concerned, it's time the law was changed to 0% alcohol in the blood stream if your driving, as a past victim of a drink driver, not one person gets the slightest sympathy from me when caught drink driving. And yes, I do enjoy a drink now and then, I also drive everyday, it dosn't take any effort to not mix the two.[/p][/quote]0% alcohol in the blood stream if your driving ? The law will never change to that arrangement ! Many MPs, police officers, doctors, magistrates, etc will claim to drink responsibly ! More pubs would be forced to close, less tax reaped on sales of booze everywhere and so on. umpcah

8:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

A.Baron-Cohen wrote:
Instead of targeting people going to work and paying their taxes, the police should start saving lives and by that I mean running this type of checks at week ends, and run them systematically!
So that everyone knows when to expect it you mean? Surely a random system is far better and how does going to work and paying their taxes give them an excuse to drive when over the limit then? For most "responsible drinking" is a contradiction in terms and I would imagine the cost of policing, crime, violence, anti social behaviour, NHS etc caused by alcohol would probably eat up most if not all of the tax paid.
[quote][p][bold]A.Baron-Cohen[/bold] wrote: Instead of targeting people going to work and paying their taxes, the police should start saving lives and by that I mean running this type of checks at week ends, and run them systematically![/p][/quote]So that everyone knows when to expect it you mean? Surely a random system is far better and how does going to work and paying their taxes give them an excuse to drive when over the limit then? For most "responsible drinking" is a contradiction in terms and I would imagine the cost of policing, crime, violence, anti social behaviour, NHS etc caused by alcohol would probably eat up most if not all of the tax paid. house on the hill

8:46pm Thu 12 Dec 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Why do the checks on a Thursday morning? Try a Saturday or Sunday as more people are more likely to have been out on a Friday or Saturday night.

Also try getting up a couple of hours earlier to stop the 6am to 7am speeders and red light jumpers on Thamesdown drive.
Why do the checks on a Thursday morning? Try a Saturday or Sunday as more people are more likely to have been out on a Friday or Saturday night. Also try getting up a couple of hours earlier to stop the 6am to 7am speeders and red light jumpers on Thamesdown drive. LordAshOfTheBrake

10:11pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Wideangle852 says...

Why do checks on a Thursday morning, rather than a Saturday or Sunday? Easy, all the police are on double time over the Friday and Saturday night shift in each and every town and city center, so there are no police available . . . . has anyone else not noticed that . . . ?
Why do checks on a Thursday morning, rather than a Saturday or Sunday? Easy, all the police are on double time over the Friday and Saturday night shift in each and every town and city center, so there are no police available . . . . has anyone else not noticed that . . . ? Wideangle852

9:26am Fri 13 Dec 13

tucker81 says...

Lovely, harass people trying to get to work that had the cheek to have a little bit of fun the night before.
Lovely, harass people trying to get to work that had the cheek to have a little bit of fun the night before. tucker81

10:18am Fri 13 Dec 13

the usually mr tolerant says...

So how does one go about setting up a CSW as we could use one on Welton Road in westlea.
So how does one go about setting up a CSW as we could use one on Welton Road in westlea. the usually mr tolerant

10:34am Fri 13 Dec 13

Concerned of Wiltshire says...

Great stuff that drink drivers are being nicked but is nobody else concerned by this blurring of laws which means the amateur camera busy-bodies are apparently empowered to stop traffic?
Great stuff that drink drivers are being nicked but is nobody else concerned by this blurring of laws which means the amateur camera busy-bodies are apparently empowered to stop traffic? Concerned of Wiltshire

10:37am Fri 13 Dec 13

toyota777 says...

What a pathetic waste of everyone's time and money, how many hours work were lost through this heroic useless campaign. It beggars belief they have nothing better to do, better hanging around the town catching rapists and thieves.
What a pathetic waste of everyone's time and money, how many hours work were lost through this heroic useless campaign. It beggars belief they have nothing better to do, better hanging around the town catching rapists and thieves. toyota777

2:28pm Fri 13 Dec 13

BCDR99 says...

280 people killed last year in drink-driving accidents and many of you think that is a waste of police time? What does constitute "useful" policing?
280 people killed last year in drink-driving accidents and many of you think that is a waste of police time? What does constitute "useful" policing? BCDR99

11:31pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

Oik1 wrote:
As far as I'm concerned, it's time the law was changed to 0% alcohol in the blood stream if your driving, as a past victim of a drink driver, not one person gets the slightest sympathy from me when caught drink driving.
And yes, I do enjoy a drink now and then, I also drive everyday, it dosn't take any effort to not mix the two.
You do realise that anything you eat (lets say fruit) ferments in your stomach and produces alcohol. If you drink a cough mixture it usually includes alcohol.

That's the reason for not having a 0% limit - how can anyone possibly have no alcohol in their system?
[quote][p][bold]Oik1[/bold] wrote: As far as I'm concerned, it's time the law was changed to 0% alcohol in the blood stream if your driving, as a past victim of a drink driver, not one person gets the slightest sympathy from me when caught drink driving. And yes, I do enjoy a drink now and then, I also drive everyday, it dosn't take any effort to not mix the two.[/p][/quote]You do realise that anything you eat (lets say fruit) ferments in your stomach and produces alcohol. If you drink a cough mixture it usually includes alcohol. That's the reason for not having a 0% limit - how can anyone possibly have no alcohol in their system? Phantom Poster

9:15am Tue 17 Dec 13

benzss says...

Ringer wrote:
benzss wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Sadly there are still around 100,000 who still do regularly and 10 times that who have done it at some time or other and they would be the first to jump up and down if something happened to a loved one. But that's the sad selfish "it will never happen to me so sod everyone else" brigade who infest this country.
Citation needed
Could you please provide a link to show that your 'citation needed' request is valid?
My good man, as you ought to know, the burden of proof is on he who made the assertion.
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Sadly there are still around 100,000 who still do regularly and 10 times that who have done it at some time or other and they would be the first to jump up and down if something happened to a loved one. But that's the sad selfish "it will never happen to me so sod everyone else" brigade who infest this country.[/p][/quote]Citation needed[/p][/quote]Could you please provide a link to show that your 'citation needed' request is valid?[/p][/quote]My good man, as you ought to know, the burden of proof is on he who made the assertion. benzss

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