New drink driving warning as Christmas Eve celebrations begin in Nottinghamshire

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Drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol are warned that they will be targeted as the force continues to patrol.

As revelers celebrate and welcome Christmas Day, officers will travel across town and county to target those who drive after drinking and using drugs.

This is part of a month-long campaign launched by Nottinghamshire Police to tackle life-threatening drivers during the holiday season and Christmas festivities.

The move comes as the force offers its support for the national campaign led by the National Council of Chiefs of Police (NPCC) which was launched on December 1 and continues until January 2022.

The campaign reminds road users of the devastating and even fatal consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Any driver involved in a collision or anyone guilty of a traffic violation can expect to be both stopped and given a breathalyzer test by the police for the purpose of cracking down on impaired drivers and drug. They will also be taken to court and could face fines, driving bans and even jail time.

Inspector Clare Gibson of Nottinghamshire Police said: “As people enjoy the Christmas Eve celebrations and prepare to welcome the ‘big day’ we want to make sure they take as much advantage as possible of their night and, above all, that people have a safe trip home.

“We regularly conduct operations to catch those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs and we understand that during the holiday season people may be more tempted to jump in their cars after indulging in Christmas festivities.

“As such, we urge people to prepare and organize how they’re going to get home after their night out, or even if they are just planning to have a drink with a friend. Please use a taxi company or get a lift from a friend or family member.

“Not only that, we will be actively looking for drunk and drugged drivers on our roads – it is clear that they pose a serious risk to innocent drivers and pedestrians on our roads and we are determined to stop them as soon as possible and before they can cause any harm.

During last year’s campaign (December 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021), Nottinghamshire Police arrested 198 alcohol and drug drivers during the month-long campaign.

Of these, 105 were related to drink driving and 93 to drug driving.

The force responded to 49 road crashes of which 14 involved drug drivers and 35 drunk drivers.

The highest breath reading taken during the month-long campaign was 153 micrograms, more than four times the limit for drinking and driving.

The driver was taken to court after being involved in a minor traffic accident and received a 16-week suspended prison sentence of one year and a driving ban for four years and four months.

It comes after officers were called in to witness a disruption at Aspley Lane, Aspley, around 1:15 a.m. this morning (December 24) and learned that a man had allegedly driven away from the scene suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.

Officers quickly pulled over and arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of drinking and driving.

The suspect remains in custody as the investigation continues.

Figures show that this year the force has already faced an increase in the number of road fatalities in Nottinghamshire, with 32 fatal crashes so far this year compared to 20 the year before.

Inspector Gibson added: “It is absolutely heartbreaking every time we have to tell families that their loved ones have died from alcohol or drug use while driving. Anyone considering driving after drinking or using drugs really needs to think again and make other arrangements.

“We ask anyone who suspects that someone may be driving under the influence to try to discourage them as well.

“Far too many people put their lives and the lives of others at risk by driving after consuming alcohol and / or drugs. Too often this driving can result in road crashes that put a strain on an already stressed East Midlands ambulance service and NHS resources.

“Think, before you get behind the wheel, think about your safety and the safety of others, think about the NHS.

“Don’t regret tomorrow, what you can prevent today.

“Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

If you are found to be driving or attempting to drive over the legal limit, or if you are unfit because of alcohol, you risk six months in prison, an unlimited fine and a driving ban of up to less than a year.

Incidents can also be reported on 101, or 999 if there is an immediate risk to life or property. You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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