Essex Police launch Christmas Drink-Driving campaign
Crime / Fri 1st Dec 2023 at 08:48am
WOULD you report a drink driver this Christmas?
That’s the question Essex Police are posing ahead of a national crackdown on drink driving as part of a month-long road safety campaign called ‘Drink Driving. Together We Can Stop It’.
Starting on Friday 1 December, we’re urging the public to ‘help prevent, persuade and call the police’ on drink drivers this Christmas.
Setting out Essex’s priorities to tackle the issue, Mr Adam Pipe, said: “We’re appealing to the public’s sense of shared responsibility and asking them to lend their support to our campaign which aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.”
In the last six weeks of 2022, we arrested 370 drivers – 163 people on suspicion of drink driving, 158 on suspicion of drug driving and a further 49 arrests for failing to provide a specimen.
The Head of Essex Police’s Road Unit added: “We’re doing everything we can to tackle drink driving but recognise that there’s more to do.
“This year, we’re working with other forces across the East region in a partnership approach to tackle the issue head-on. The collaboration means we’ll be focussed on intelligence-led policing to shape our response by directing our patrols to identified “hotspots” and targeting and catching offenders, ensuring the safety of all road users. Those drivers who think they can evade arrest by travelling outside of Essex, won’t escape notice. We’ll link in with any of our partner forces to ensure drink or drug drivers face the consequence of their actions.”
Mr Pipe will lead seven forces in the clampdown: Essex Police will be joined by forces in Kent, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Inspector Tim Swain, Essex Police’s Roads Policing Unit, who leads the Essex enforcement activities, reiterates the importance of partnership.
“Driving under the influence means motorists take risks every time they get behind the wheel of a car. They put themselves and others at risk.
“We’re calling on the public to support our campaign and work with us to save lives by deterring people from drink and drug-driving using the three Ps – prevent, persuade and – as a last resort – report drink driving to police this Christmas.”
Essex Police and the Safer Essex Roads Partnership are asking drivers to plan ahead for their night out. Decide in advance, who is your designated driver? Can you pre-book a taxi? Can you walk to the venue?
Can you persuade someone who’s about to drink drive, to get home safely?
If persuasion doesn’t work, you can report a drink driver to us so we can stop them, arrest them, and get them off the road and in the first ten months of 2023, we’ve arrested over 1000 drink drivers and over 700 drug drivers.
Inspector Swain added: “Drink drivers should be aware of the consequences.
“You could face a minimum 12-month driving ban, an unlimited fine and even a prison sentence.
“There’s also the personal impact of having a criminal record and possibly losing your job.
“Most importantly you could kill or seriously injury yourself or someone else.
“Hopefully this year, with the public and police working together, it will mean fewer families facing this Christmas without their loved ones.”
I reported and followed a drink driver whilst on a hands free telephone to the police giving a street by street location and they never turned up so why the big campaign??