A summer drink and drug drive campaign, launched in Northamptonshire to coincide with the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has resulted in 11 people arrested within its first week.
A period of increased enforcement activity was announced earlier this month as part of Operation Ticket, a wider programme of policing activities aimed at keeping the public safe from harm during the football season.
Between June 15 and 21, the first week of escalated patrols on the lookout for drivers under the influence of drink or drugs, 11 people were arrested for these offences.
These results included eight people arrested for drink driving, and three motorists arrested for drug drive offences.
Enforcement activities, including roadside breath and drug tests, have been carried out at different times of day in an effort to track down those who have been driving under the influence.
PC Dave Lee, of the Safer Roads Team, said: “The World Cup is always a very social time, with many people choosing to spend time with family and friends either at home or in a local pub, watching the latest match and having a few drinks.
“What we would ask is that people also spare a thought for their own safety and the safety of others by not drinking and driving, and not driving under the influence of drugs.
“People should also remember the penalties of being caught drink driving, one of which is a driver losing their licence for a minimum of 12 months.
“It is very easy to organise a designated driver, or take a taxi or other form of public transport home if you have been drinking. Also, remember that a heavy drinking session could mean you are still over the limit the following day. Sleep does not make a person sober.”
Last year (2017), 709 motorists were caught driving while under the influence of alcohol in Northamptonshire. A total of 46 drivers were caught drug driving.
To find out more about the laws regarding drink and drug driving, visit: http://think.direct.gov.uk/drink-driving.html
Drink driving advice:
-Beware the morning after. You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it’s the morning after. Sleep and coffee do not help to sober a person up, time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system.
-Plan ahead. If you are planning to go out to drink alcohol, also organise how to get home. For example, agree on a designated driver, save a taxi number to your phone or find out about public transport options before you go out.
-Don’t offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive. Even this simple step could potentially reduce the number of people who are killed and injured every year by drink driving.
-Don’t accept a lift from a driver you know has consumed alcohol. This action could potentially save your life and might make him or her think twice about their actions.
Drug driving advice:
-Take care with medication. Some medication may affect your ability to drive. Remember it is illegal to drive if you have certain drugs above a specified level in your blood.
-Take advice from GP/pharmacist. Seek medical advice if you are unsure whether you can drive safely while taking prescribed medicine.
-Don’t risk a ban or prison sentence. Driving under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous and can affect driving skills. If you are caught and convicted you could face a driving ban, large fine and a prison sentence.
-Don’t underestimate the effect of cannabis. Cannabis slows reaction and decision times. It can also distort perception of time and distance and result in poorer concentration and control of the vehicle.
-Be aware of the impact of cocaine use. This can lead to a sense of over-confidence with users typically performing higher risk, more aggressive manoeuvres at greater speeds.