Face the consequences if you drink or drug drive
Gloucestershire’s Road Safety Partnership will launch its annual winter anti drink drug drive campaign on Tuesday 1st December reminding people of the true consequences of a drink drive conviction.
Nationally the latest figures show a disturbing increase in the number of people being killed in alcohol related collisions. Last year an estimated 290 people lost their lives compared to 240 in the previous year.
Over the last 30 years drink drive deaths had fallen by 80 per cent. This increase represents real lives being tragically lost in preventable collisions, and families who become devastated by the sudden and violent loss of a loved one.
On 1st December the partnership will begin its winter anti drink drug drive campaign across Gloucestershire. During last year’s campaign, which ran from 1st December to 1st January, Gloucestershire Police made 54 arrests.
The partnership is made up of Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, the police and Police and Crime Commissioner.
Cllr Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council said, “By drinking and driving, you risk your life, your passengers’ lives, and the lives of others on the road. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. Drivers who drink alcohol or take drugs will have to face the consequences.”
The consequences include a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, a hefty fine, up to six months in prison and an endorsement on your licence for 11 years.
However, there are also everyday consequences of being caught drink driving which can include an increase in the cost of car insurance, the loss of your job, trouble getting into countries like the USA, loss of independence, and a criminal record.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculate that a drink drive conviction could cost between £20,000 to £50,000 as a result of fines, solicitors fees, increase in car insurance and loss of job.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said, “If drivers think they can get away with it, they should think again. We would rather make no arrests at all, because that would mean our warnings about the dangers of drink and drug driving were being heeded. More importantly it would mean no one was putting their driving licence, their career, their social life and the lives of themselves and others at risk.
“We hope the people of Gloucestershire will be responsible this year and we will do all we can to tackle irresponsible drivers, leaving the way clear for law abiding residents to enjoy the festive season in safety.
“The message this Christmas is simple: If you’re drinking don’t drive as any amount of alcohol will impair your ability to drive safely, and don’t forget the morning after the night before because alcohol can take a long time to leave your system. Of course, being a safer and social driver is something we would like people to practise for life, not just around the Christmas period.”
Throughout the month of December more than 700 people will be killed or injured on Britain’s roads because someone took the risk of drinking and then driving.
This year the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is working with Crimestoppers to encourage people to call 0800 555 111 anonymously if they suspect that someone is going to drive whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.
For more information visit: www.roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk