65 charged during Christmas drink drive campaign

Bournemouth Echo: 65 charged during Christmas drink drive campaign 65 charged during Christmas drink drive campaign

A TOTAL of 65 people have been charged with drink and drive-related offences during Dorset Police’s annual Christmas campaign.

The Force’s drink and drug drive campaign – which forms part of Dorset Police’s Countdown to Christmas – began on Sunday December 1 and ended on New Year’s Day.

This year anyone convicted a drink or drug driving-related offence will be named and shamed in the Daily Echo.

Dorset Police carried out increased patrols and road side checks throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

Officers are reminding all motorists not to drink and drive.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said the force will continue enforcement throughout 2014.

He said: “It’s really disappointing that so many people continue to not only put their own lives at risk, but also the lives of other innocent road users.

“I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. 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.”

Every driver who is involved in a collision in Dorset during the drink and drug drive campaign will be breath tested, irrespective of whether they are suspected of drink driving or not.

If someone is caught drink driving they will face a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.

Dorset Police used information provided by the public to target suspected drink or drug drivers throughout the campaign.

Inspector Butler added: “I urge members of the public to dial 999 if they suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and please be assured that your details will remain anonymous.”

If you suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, dial 999 immediately so police can intercept or call 101 with non-urgent information.

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2:32pm Thu 2 Jan 14

rahopinions says...

The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day.

Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.
The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day. Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place. rahopinions

2:52pm Thu 2 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

65 is too many
65 is too many pete woodley

3:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Imaximus says...

rahopinions wrote:
The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day.

Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.
What a ridiculous comment. 65 were caught....how many drink drivers weren't caught. 1 drink driver is too many. On the positive side, that's 65 potential killers off our roads.
[quote][p][bold]rahopinions[/bold] wrote: The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day. Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous comment. 65 were caught....how many drink drivers weren't caught. 1 drink driver is too many. On the positive side, that's 65 potential killers off our roads. Imaximus

3:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Inspector Matt Butler said, I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. 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.” .
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So why does the law allow any driver to have a single drink and then drive a motor vehicle.
Inspector Matt Butler said, I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. 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.” . . So why does the law allow any driver to have a single drink and then drive a motor vehicle. Hessenford

4:47pm Thu 2 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

Hessenford wrote:
Inspector Matt Butler said, I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. 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.” . . So why does the law allow any driver to have a single drink and then drive a motor vehicle.
or a bicycle!
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: Inspector Matt Butler said, I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. 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.” . . So why does the law allow any driver to have a single drink and then drive a motor vehicle.[/p][/quote]or a bicycle! suzigirl

4:48pm Thu 2 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

or a mobility scooter!
or a mobility scooter! suzigirl

5:20pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Townee says...

Imaximus wrote:
rahopinions wrote:
The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day.

Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.
What a ridiculous comment. 65 were caught....how many drink drivers weren't caught. 1 drink driver is too many. On the positive side, that's 65 potential killers off our roads.
Who said it would get them off the road? The police every day catch people who drive without licences, tax, MOT or insurance so why will those caught be any different. You only have to look at the guy who killed the young girl in Ringwood on her moped.
[quote][p][bold]Imaximus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rahopinions[/bold] wrote: The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day. Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous comment. 65 were caught....how many drink drivers weren't caught. 1 drink driver is too many. On the positive side, that's 65 potential killers off our roads.[/p][/quote]Who said it would get them off the road? The police every day catch people who drive without licences, tax, MOT or insurance so why will those caught be any different. You only have to look at the guy who killed the young girl in Ringwood on her moped. Townee

5:35pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Bob49 says...

More box ticking hype, just as the nonsense about stopping idiots riding bikes without lights was. A couple of coppers out for a couple nights and the terminally dim over excite themselves thinking that 'something is being done'. It isn't, other than having an exercise that excuses any further action.

There are a number of events that happened over the same period where the police could have arrested dozens. A hunt on Boxing day featured heavy drinking but at no time did the police make any attempt to stop any vehicles afterwards - likewise a local 'shoot' where the amount of alcohol consumed at lunchtime would not have cleared the system by 4.30 when they were falling into their cars.

It is, as ever, one law for one ..................
More box ticking hype, just as the nonsense about stopping idiots riding bikes without lights was. A couple of coppers out for a couple nights and the terminally dim over excite themselves thinking that 'something is being done'. It isn't, other than having an exercise that excuses any further action. There are a number of events that happened over the same period where the police could have arrested dozens. A hunt on Boxing day featured heavy drinking but at no time did the police make any attempt to stop any vehicles afterwards - likewise a local 'shoot' where the amount of alcohol consumed at lunchtime would not have cleared the system by 4.30 when they were falling into their cars. It is, as ever, one law for one .................. Bob49

5:36pm Thu 2 Jan 14

alasdair1967 says...

Townee wrote:
Imaximus wrote:
rahopinions wrote:
The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day.

Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.
What a ridiculous comment. 65 were caught....how many drink drivers weren't caught. 1 drink driver is too many. On the positive side, that's 65 potential killers off our roads.
Who said it would get them off the road? The police every day catch people who drive without licences, tax, MOT or insurance so why will those caught be any different. You only have to look at the guy who killed the young girl in Ringwood on her moped.
65 people will automatically be banned for driving it's the run of the mill punishment along with a fine agreed if your in charge of any form of vehicle then no drink whatsoever zero tolerance ,
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Imaximus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rahopinions[/bold] wrote: The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day. Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.[/p][/quote]What a ridiculous comment. 65 were caught....how many drink drivers weren't caught. 1 drink driver is too many. On the positive side, that's 65 potential killers off our roads.[/p][/quote]Who said it would get them off the road? The police every day catch people who drive without licences, tax, MOT or insurance so why will those caught be any different. You only have to look at the guy who killed the young girl in Ringwood on her moped.[/p][/quote]65 people will automatically be banned for driving it's the run of the mill punishment along with a fine agreed if your in charge of any form of vehicle then no drink whatsoever zero tolerance , alasdair1967

6:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

suzigirl wrote:
or a mobility scooter!
Or perhaps a wheelchair.
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: or a mobility scooter![/p][/quote]Or perhaps a wheelchair. Hessenford

7:08pm Thu 2 Jan 14

shaft says...

At last I applaud the ECHO not only will they name and shame these fools but for those who are employed any criminal record tagged to them becomes unspent meaning it will have to be declared to their employers.
Maybe no job,driving ban even possible prison sentence away from your family.
Was saving that ex amount of money not getting a cab really WORTH IT .
At last I applaud the ECHO not only will they name and shame these fools but for those who are employed any criminal record tagged to them becomes unspent meaning it will have to be declared to their employers. Maybe no job,driving ban even possible prison sentence away from your family. Was saving that ex amount of money not getting a cab really WORTH IT . shaft

7:16pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Boscomite says...

If some-one if prepared to break the law by drink driving, a ban will not stop them.
If some-one if prepared to break the law by drink driving, a ban will not stop them. Boscomite

8:40pm Thu 2 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

rahopinions wrote:
The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day.

Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.
If the campaigner was ran constantly ver twelve months then this would probably mean more than 720 would be caught, this is 720 less cars on the road that the ' road safety camera van ' could generate money from
[quote][p][bold]rahopinions[/bold] wrote: The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day. Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.[/p][/quote]If the campaigner was ran constantly ver twelve months then this would probably mean more than 720 would be caught, this is 720 less cars on the road that the ' road safety camera van ' could generate money from cheeriedriteup

9:50pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Peggy Babcock says...

Every year I ask the Echo for publication on the trend year in year in the % positive tests vs the number stopped. Only then will we have a view in if the situation is moving in the right direction or not. Why is bit so hard to have this publicised?
Every year I ask the Echo for publication on the trend year in year in the % positive tests vs the number stopped. Only then will we have a view in if the situation is moving in the right direction or not. Why is bit so hard to have this publicised? Peggy Babcock

9:51pm Thu 2 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

rahopinions wrote:
The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day.

Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.
If the campaign was ran constantly for twelve months then this would probably mean more than 720 would be caught, this is 720 less cars on the road that the ' road safety camera van ' could generate money from
[quote][p][bold]rahopinions[/bold] wrote: The campaign lasted for 31 days and netted 65 drivers - so that's a MASSIVE TWO per day. One assumes that this special campaign caught more drink drivers than normal (or else what would be the point of it), so in the whole of Dorset that means the police would usually detect either none or one drink driver a day. Clearly Dorset is a VERY safe place.[/p][/quote]If the campaign was ran constantly for twelve months then this would probably mean more than 720 would be caught, this is 720 less cars on the road that the ' road safety camera van ' could generate money from cheeriedriteup

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