Two women and one man first to be charged in Christmas drink and drug driving campaign (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Two women and one man first to be charged in Christmas drink and drug driving campaign
THE first three people have been charged as a result of the Dorset Police campaign against drink and drug driving this Christmas.
Two women and one man are due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court later this month and those convicted will be named and shamed in the Daily Echo.
The campaign forms part of the police’s Countdown to Christmas and will see an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks until the New Year.
Every driver involved in a collision during the campaign will automatically be breathalysed.
“I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving,” said Inspector Matt Butler, from the Dorset Police Traffic Unit.
“Research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive so please don’t get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all.”
Anyone convicted will face a minimum driving ban of 12 months, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.
They will also have a criminal record. Last year around 100 people were arrested in Dorset for drink or drug driving over Christmas and New Year.
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