142 drivers found to be over the drink drive limit

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During December 2014 Humberside Police’s Winter Drink Drive Campaign to prevent and detect drink and drug driving, 2,007 drivers across the Force area were tested. 142 of those tested were found to be over the legal limit for drink driving.

Officers from across the Humberside force area carried out breath tests where the officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that a person;

a) was the driver at the time of a road traffic collision as per force policy.

b) is driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, with alcohol in his/her body, or has committed a moving traffic offence.

c) has been driving or attempting to drive, or has been in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place with alcohol in his/her body.

d) has been driving or attempting to drive, or been in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place and has committed a moving traffic offence.

e) where information provided by a member of the public leads to the suspicion that someone may be drink driving.

PC Barry Gardener, Casualty Reduction Officer for Humberside Police said: “Incidents, as a result of drink driving, have remained fairly constant over the past five years due to the consistent approach and enforcement of our drink drive laws. This year’s campaign targeted specific areas where we had intelligence to suggest that we could prevent and detect drink drivers.

“The message I wanted to get out to drivers is that no one should ever think that they might get away with it, I have attended many serious road traffic collisions caused by drink drivers and I can honestly say that it’s never worth the risk to drink and drive.

“We also received an encouraging number of calls from the public reporting incidents of suspected drink driving. We acted on this information and dealt with those drivers, some of whom were found to be over the legal drink drive limit and were dealt with appropriately.”