Monday, 19 January 2015

Humberside Police’s drink and drug drive casualty reduction campaign launched . . .


Humberside Police’s drink and drug drive casualty reduction campaign launched

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Throughout November and December Humberside Police, in partnership with Safer Roads Humber, will be raising awareness to reduce the incidence of drink and drug driving on our roads and reduce drink and drug drive related collisions and injuries.

Through education and enforcement we look to change behaviours and attitudes toward drink and drug driving.

Barry Gardner, Casualty Reduction Officer for Humberside Police said: “The most up to date figures available show that nationally in 2012, 16 per cent of all road deaths involved drivers over the legal drink drive limit.

“A total of 230 people were killed in drink and drive collisions nationally in 2012, when you know that in 1964 over 1,600 deaths were caused by drink driving it shows just how important these annual drink drive campaigns are now and how important they have been to re-educate people about the dangers of drink driving.”

Those killed and seriously injured or slight injuries statistics for the Humberside Police area relating to drink drive over the past five years, are as follows:-

2009 = 2 fatal, 31 serious injuries, 140 slight injuries

2010 = 1 fatal, 28 serious injuries, 100 slight injuries

2011 = 4 fatal, 29 serious injuries, 131 slight injuries

2012 = 5 fatal, 26 serious injuries, 112 slight injuries

2013 = 2 fatal, 30 serious injuries, 119 slight injuries

PC Gardener said: “These 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. 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.

“This campaign will also remind drivers to beware the morning after. You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it’s the ‘morning after’. Having a sleep, drink lots of coffee or taking a cold shower do not help to sober you up. Time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system. Don’t be tempted to get into your car after a night out.

“All Roads Policing officers are also trained to detect drivers who are under the influence of drugs, there are a worryingly number of drivers now caught drug driving.”

Officers from across the Humberside force area will carry 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 Gardner added: “During this campaign, or at anytime, if you suspect someone is going to drink and drive you can phone the police on the non-emergency number 101. We will act on information received by members of the public so I would encourage people to report any drink driver to us immediately.”

You can also phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report anonymously on the Crimestoppers website

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