14% of drivers in Hertfordshire are under the influence of drink or drugs

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By HitchinPeople | Tuesday, August 02, 2011, 12:47

This summer's anti-drink and drug driving campaign has resulted in 77 drivers being arrested for drink or drug driving in Hertfordshire throughout June.

Hertfordshire Constabulary joined forces with ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), TISPOL (European Traffic Police Network) and police services across the country in a nationwide clampdown on drink and drug driving.

Throughout the month, 77 people were arrested for drink driving and 1 person arrested for drug driving in Hertfordshire, equating to 14% of all those stopped either failing or refusing a breathalyser test or a Field Impairment Test (FIT).

Last year saw 18% of all those stopped being arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving.

Chief Inspector Donna Pierce from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Road Policing Unit commented: "I am pleased to see that the number of people arrested for drink or drug driving has reduced from last year.

"However, it is still disappointing that a number of drivers continue to attempt to get away with drinking or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel. I would remind drivers of the consequences – you could lose your job, your friends, your freedom and, if involved in a collision, you could seriously injure or kill yourself, somebody you care about or somebody else's loved one.

"Never be tempted to take the chance that you're under the legal limit. Drink or drug driving will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire."

Did you know?

The legal alcohol limit for driving in the UK is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood but there is no failsafe guide to the amount of alcohol that a driver can safely consume. The amount and type of alcoholic drink, the weight, sex and metabolism of the driver all play a part.

If you are found to be driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs you can face a minimum of a 12-month disqualification, as well as a fine and/or imprisonment. Plus, the offence of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs now carries a maximum penalty of 14 year's imprisonment and a disqualification of at least two years.

Is it really worth it?

      

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  • Profile image for raymond16

    I wonder how many of the drink drivers did not realise that they were over the limit. People's metabolisms are different and many people simply do not know when they reach the limit or how long it takes to wear off. One in five drink drivers get caught the morning after they have been drinking mistakenly believing that they are clear of the effects of alcohol. I know of several people who were caught this way. This is why AlcoSense (the breathalyser company) launched its hand-held breathalyser for the 'morning after'. Several people In know swear by . We can never stop drink driving but for people who drink knowing that they are likely to drive it could prove indispensible."

    By raymond16 at 15:36 on 02/08/11

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