Essex: Nearly a thousand breathalysed in police drink drive clampdown

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Essex: Nearly a thousand breathalysed in police drink drive clampdown Essex: Nearly a thousand breathalysed in police drink drive clampdown

Nearly one out of every 20 people breathalysed by Essex Police this month has been over the drink-drive limit.

The force has breathalysed 931 people during the first two weeks of its Christmas anti-drink drive campaign, 42 of which have tested positive.

Of those who were found to be over the limit, 38 drivers were men and four were women.

Eight of the drivers were aged under-25, the other 35 drivers were aged 25 or older.

Casualty reduction manager Adam Pipe said: "We are targeting town centres and areas where people are gathering for Christmas parties and we are handing out leaflets and giving advice.

"We don’t want to make any arrests but want people to act responsibly and make alternative travel plans if they know they will be drinking alcohol.

"There are some drivers who think they are obeying the law but are in fact breaking it by getting into their cars the morning after a night of drinking.

"We have made a number of arrests the morning after.

"Drivers need to be aware that regardless of the time of day they are caught, whether they are going to work or taking children to school, they will face the same penalties as someone who has chosen to drink heavily in a pub and driven at night.”

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4:09pm Sat 15 Dec 12

smokeyjoe,colchester says...

Shame they don't target known habitual year round offenders who have also been reported! The same holes regularly driving round Harwich where no police present to catch them.
Shame they don't target known habitual year round offenders who have also been reported! The same holes regularly driving round Harwich where no police present to catch them. smokeyjoe,colchester
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1:13pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Joker50 says...

1 in 20 drivers over the drink drive limit? I think this sends out mixed messages, maybe in is not as dangerous as is we are told, but any sensible person would know it is.
1 in 20 drivers over the drink drive limit? I think this sends out mixed messages, maybe in is not as dangerous as is we are told, but any sensible person would know it is. Joker50
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3:26pm Sun 16 Dec 12

pawkafierce says...

Well done with the drink driving convictions. Its a pity your not there every day when the sober morons are speeding around trying to kill us.
Well done with the drink driving convictions. Its a pity your not there every day when the sober morons are speeding around trying to kill us. pawkafierce
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7:56am Mon 17 Dec 12

Joker50 says...

Will people ever learn?
Will people ever learn? Joker50
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9:36am Mon 17 Dec 12

thecapedcrusader69 says...

I think these results are a massive middle finger to insurers and all these older folks saying young drivers are always breaking the law. ''Eight of the drivers were aged under-25, the other 35 drivers were aged 25 or older.''
I think these results are a massive middle finger to insurers and all these older folks saying young drivers are always breaking the law. ''Eight of the drivers were aged under-25, the other 35 drivers were aged 25 or older.'' thecapedcrusader69
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12:24pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Jodaius says...

Joker50 wrote:
1 in 20 drivers over the drink drive limit? I think this sends out mixed messages, maybe in is not as dangerous as is we are told, but any sensible person would know it is.
No, it doesn't say 1 in 20 drivers are over the drink drive limit, it says that 1 in 20 of those tested were. Given that there is probably some risk assessment process employed in decided who to test, the actual proportion of idiots driving over the limit will, thankfully, be much lower than this.
[quote][p][bold]Joker50[/bold] wrote: 1 in 20 drivers over the drink drive limit? I think this sends out mixed messages, maybe in is not as dangerous as is we are told, but any sensible person would know it is.[/p][/quote]No, it doesn't say 1 in 20 drivers are over the drink drive limit, it says that 1 in 20 of those tested were. Given that there is probably some risk assessment process employed in decided who to test, the actual proportion of idiots driving over the limit will, thankfully, be much lower than this. Jodaius
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5:57am Tue 18 Dec 12

venturoboy says...

thecapedcrusader69 wrote:
I think these results are a massive middle finger to insurers and all these older folks saying young drivers are always breaking the law. ''Eight of the drivers were aged under-25, the other 35 drivers were aged 25 or older.''
I don't think its drink driving that insurers label young drivers with, more bad driving... and thats not an insult to young drivers - we've all been young drivers before and as my test examiner told me "i'm here to make sure you're safe on the road, you have the rest of your life to learn how to drive".
[quote][p][bold]thecapedcrusader69[/bold] wrote: I think these results are a massive middle finger to insurers and all these older folks saying young drivers are always breaking the law. ''Eight of the drivers were aged under-25, the other 35 drivers were aged 25 or older.''[/p][/quote]I don't think its drink driving that insurers label young drivers with, more bad driving... and thats not an insult to young drivers - we've all been young drivers before and as my test examiner told me "i'm here to make sure you're safe on the road, you have the rest of your life to learn how to drive". venturoboy
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