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Drivers are being reminded that they could face a prison sentence if they are caught drink driving on Dorset’s roads, as the month-long summer drink and drug driving campaign begins today – Friday 1 June 2012.
There will be increased traffic patrols and roadside checks taking place across Dorset during the month of June.
Every driver that is involved in a collision during the campaign – which starts at 12.01am on Friday 1 June 2012 and ends at 11.59pm on Saturday 30 June 2012 – will be breath tested, irrespective of whether they are suspected of drink driving or not.
Chief Inspector Matt Butler, Head of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “The prevention of drink and drug driving is a keyelement in the effort to reduce death and injury on the roads of Dorset.
“Drink and drug driving remains a significant contributory factor in road deaths. Currently around 25% of fatalities within Dorset involve alcohol.
“It is proving difficult to change attitudes amongst some motorists, but those who decide to risk the safety of others will be arrested and prosecuted.
“If a member of the public suspects someone is going to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they should dial 999 immediately and report the details to the police so that we can intercept that vehicle.
“If you have any information about regular drink or drug drivers, please contact Dorset Police in confidence on 101 to report this. Alternatively, members of the public can call the free andanonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.”
The legal consequences of being caught drink driving are extensive. They include a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.
Convicted drink drivers will also have to pay higher costs for car insurance when they are allowed back on the roads and they may have trouble getting into other countries like the USA.
Someone convicted of causing death by careless driving when under the influence will face up to 14 years imprisonment, an unlimited fine and an extended driving test on release from prison.
Chief Inspector Butler continued: “Tolerance to alcohol depends on a combination of factors. The best way to remain safe is not to drink any alcohol at all if you are driving.
“If you’re going out drinking over the summer, take simple steps such as booking a taxi, having a designated driver in your group of friends or arranging overnight accommodation.”