Summer drink and drug drive campaign begins in Wiltshire

This Is Wiltshire: A summer drink and drug drive campaign will run throughout the month A summer drink and drug drive campaign will run throughout the month

WILTSHIRE Police are backing a national campaign to clamp down on drink and drug driving.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) launched their summer drink and drug drive campaign yesterday which will run throughout the month.

Wiltshire Police - alongside colleagues from Avon & Somerset and Gloucestershire Police - are increasing their roadside enforcement across June in a determined effort to catch those drivers who ignore the warnings.

The campaign - which this year is focusing on younger drivers and those staying up late to watch the World Cup - is designed to raise awareness of the serious consequences of being caught drink or drug driving. Penalties could include a minimum 12-month driving ban, a £5,000 fine and a criminal record.

Inspector Steve Cox, Head of Roads Policing, said: "The message from Wiltshire Police is very clear - if you take a chance on drink or drug driving, you will be caught.

"By getting behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substances, you are putting both yourself and other road users in serious danger of harm.

"We will be conducting our operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We aren't just targeting those who drink and drive straight away, we'll also be apprehending people who risk driving the morning after without allowing themselves time to recover from the effects of alcohol."

"Research shows that enhanced enforcement results in a decrease in the number of people caught drink or drug driving.

"With the support of the public, I'm sure we can make this year's campaign another success."

If you know of anyone who is drink-driving, you can call 101 and select option 4 to report it directly to Wiltshire Police via our dedicated drink-drive hotline number.

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1:29pm Mon 2 Jun 14

nobody says...

Anyone caught should be automatically banned for at least a year, no "could be banned" and no giving into bleeding heart stories about loosing their jobs.
Anyone caught should be automatically banned for at least a year, no "could be banned" and no giving into bleeding heart stories about loosing their jobs. nobody
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1:31pm Mon 2 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

They could start with early morning checks, it is thought that more people drive to work still over the limit from the night before than those driving home from the pub. No doubt the freedom fighters will be out in force saying its a breach on their human rights for random tests but we all know they would change their tune very rapidly if someone they knew was mown down by a drunk driver! People who knowingly drive over the legal limit are scum, especially the selfish aholes who say "I am ok to drive", thats not your call to make!
They could start with early morning checks, it is thought that more people drive to work still over the limit from the night before than those driving home from the pub. No doubt the freedom fighters will be out in force saying its a breach on their human rights for random tests but we all know they would change their tune very rapidly if someone they knew was mown down by a drunk driver! People who knowingly drive over the legal limit are scum, especially the selfish aholes who say "I am ok to drive", thats not your call to make! house on the hill
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5:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

I think it's a good thing.
As long as they don't make me late
I think it's a good thing. As long as they don't make me late Ollie Dognacky
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6:32pm Mon 2 Jun 14

faatmaan says...

in principle the idea is right, alas as we all know, there will be a couple of days of high profile enforcement, then vanish, this is such a serious crime that this should be daily in a different spot and carried on until such time as nobody does it anymore, also when stopping the offenders, how many will have other faults and how many will be people in high flying jobs thinking they are above the law ?
in principle the idea is right, alas as we all know, there will be a couple of days of high profile enforcement, then vanish, this is such a serious crime that this should be daily in a different spot and carried on until such time as nobody does it anymore, also when stopping the offenders, how many will have other faults and how many will be people in high flying jobs thinking they are above the law ? faatmaan
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