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Police Launch New Enforcement Campaign

Wednesday June 5 2013

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POLICE across South Yorkshire have launched a summer drink and drug driving enforcement campaign.

Officers up and down the country will be targeting drivers under 25 and daytime drinkers, particularly those that may be tempted to drink alcohol at a barbeque and then drive home, in a bid to reduce the number of people killed or injured as a result of drink driving.

Building on a similar drink drive campaign last year, South Yorkshire Police will be employing a variety of tactics including conducting roadside checks and breath tests - as well as targeting persistent offenders.

To reinforce the national message that daytime drinking, perhaps at summer events, is just as dangerous as drink driving at night, motorists will be stopped and checked at various times throughout the day at a number of different locations, not just at pub closing times.

Recent figures suggest 156 people under the age of 25 were killed or seriously injured as a result of drink driving in 2010. In 2011, drivers aged between 20 and 24 failed more breath tests than any other age group.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, said: "Drink driving presents a risk at any time of year. But on lighter evenings and as we move into the school holidays, there are more pedestrians and cyclists on the streets.

"These are some of the most vulnerable road users and South Yorkshire Police would urge the small number of people who would consider driving when unfit through drink or drugs to think again.

"Officers will be out in marked and unmarked cars following up on information provided and focusing on areas where the risk is greatest.

"Young drivers have been over-represented as drink drivers in recent years. Parents and friends can do their bit to encourage safe and responsible driving, that includes driving without drinking alcohol."

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Reply Posted by JK on Wednesday June 5 2013 at 14:23
About time, though I am doubtful as to how effective their 'efforts' will be, and I hope they are going to start taking reports of drug/alcohol fueled drivers more seriously than when I recently reported it (think 10pm must be too late at night for them to be bothered). Drugged drivers are continually on our estate, sometimes so far gone I am surprised they can even see through the slits that would be their eyes if they could actually open them. Not to mention how they actually manage to drive when they can't even walk straight. It doesn't take a genius to know some of these drivers are high as kites. Also, most of the drugged drivers that I know of are driving around in cars that aren't taxed/tested/insured, so I seriously hope they are going to start crushing these vehicles. On the other hand, I do worry about the responsible young drivers who will no doubt also be targeted during this new initiative, all too often young drivers are targeted when in actual fact most are upstanding citizens, who work hard to afford a car and keep it legal so they can enjoy their independence.

Reply Posted by Grim on Wednesday June 5 2013 at 18:38
You cant have it both ways JK. I am guessing that all the druggies on your estate who keep you awake are the under 25's. They are also the most likely to drink and drive and act like idiots behind the wheel. Statistics prove this. There are very few responsible young drivers...

Reply Posted by waka on Friday June 7 2013 at 13:15
There are very few responsible young drivers?? bit of a generalised statement?? me and all my friends who have only recently started driving have had no issues with using the roads, the only issues that come as us are experienced drivers, whom think they rule the roads, no indicating on roundabouts, on motorways, speeding through roads when its not their right of way. statistics also prove that if all bumps/scrapes/crashes were reported through insurance, and not dealt with privatley, older drivers are just as bad, most can just afford to have it done private rather than claim through insurance. so before you start giving it all the 'statisics prove' comments, check your statistics, read up on it!!!

Reply Posted by Grim on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 20:22
I know the statistics and they say that male drivers especially young male drivers are the worst on the road. They cause and are involved in more accidents than anyone else. They speed, drink and act the fool.
So thanks for the lecture but I am pretty sure that as an advanced driver with nearly 30 years of accident free driving behind me, I do know what I am on about. Cheers .

Reply Posted by Rog on Saturday June 8 2013 at 19:01
Why do police refer to 'drink driving'...as far as I am aware, drink driving isn't illegal ....The police often overstep their actual rights here...a police officer does NOT have the right to randomly stop you in your vehicle, they must have a reason, which is often spurious. If this happens to you, and you feel that the police have stopped you for no good reason, co operate fully then report the officer to the Chief. Constable...

Reply Posted by Grim on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 20:26

The Police have the right to stop any driver. There are various reasons behind that ie to check documents or vehicle or to comment on driving.
If an officer then believes the driver to have had a drink they can request a road side breath sample. Those reasons can be the smell of alcohol on the breath or in the car, or slurred speech or impaired driving. if you refuse to give a sample then you can be arrested for failing to supply one.
So as the other person said, stop showing your ignorance. You can drink and drive but you really shouldnt if you have any sense. It has nothing to do spurious.
Read up on traffic law then comment .

Reply Posted by Kylie on Monday June 10 2013 at 13:09
Rog ... read up on law before you profess to know it ...

Reply Posted by Rog on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 20:19
KYLIE...which part are you refering to...You are allowed a drink before driving...providing you remain under the 80 milligrames in 100 millilitres of blood...a pint of beer is ok as is a small glass of wine
The Police DO NOT have random powers to stop you in your vehicle or they would wait at the exit of every pub and do breath tests....they MUST give you a reaonable reason to why the have stopped you.If you believe this to be spurious...as i say co operate with them, then report the officer to his or hers Chief Constable.
May I SUGGEST you take the time to research the Law..

Reply Posted by maxine on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 22:53
The police have the right to stop anyone, anywhere, anytime. Or at least I bloody well hope so, or what's the point? If they do stop someone they obviously have reason to do so in the first place, even if spurious. Its better to stop n check someone, then let them move on, than to not stop someone n they go on to commit a crime! Never heard owt as daft! If you are stopped, as a routine check or whatever you want to call it, why the hell would anyone want to report this, the police are doing their job!

Reply Posted by Ads on Thursday June 20 2013 at 19:32
The Police can stop any vehicle without reason, read the Road Traffic Act. I did it for years so I must know. But no longer do it because the job has gone completely downhill, there are very few good coppers these days. I've dealt with the Police on a few occasions since leaving the job and it was a horrendous experience. The cops were very incompetent. I'm sure it's not all but it's certainly got worse. Can give many examples of good and bad coppering. Drink driving depends on how your body deals with the alcohol, nothing to do with quantity. Although the more you have the more likely you are to be over the limit.

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