CONCERNS have been raised about the potential scale of drink or drug driving on Nottinghamshire’s roads after a week of the annual December Drink and Drug Drive campaign.
Since Saturday 1st December, 29 people have been arrested as part of the festive crackdown on those willing to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
Chief Inspector Andy Charlton said: “It is extremely disappointing to see that the message doesn’t seem to be getting through and people are still risking getting behind the wheel while over the limit.
“We have arrested a relatively high number of people in the first week of the campaign and it is concerning to think that the scale of this issue is even greater than we thought.
“It is clear more motorists are willing to take risks with their own safety and that of others. Campaigns are usually an effective way of getting the message across, but the arrests so far show that some people who live in or who travel through Nottinghamshire are simply not heeding our warnings.”
Officers will be stopping any motorist suspect to be drink or drug driving and carrying out breath tests. Any information received from the public will be followed up and all drivers involved in road collisions will also be tested throughout December.
The legal drink drive limit is 35 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath, although many people don’t realise they may still be over the limit the morning after a night out drinking.
The national Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) campaign runs alongside the Department for Transport’s THINK! Campaign to highlight the devastating impact that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have.
Last year 11,895 motorists in Nottinghamshire were breath tested with 1,242 people blowing positive for alcohol or refusing to take a test.
In December alone 1,833 tests were carried out across the county with 123 being recorded as positive.
There were also 410 alcohol-related collisions in 2011 with drink being a factor in 7.3 per cent of all collisions.
Between January and the end of October this year there were 321 alcohol-related collisions which accounts for 7 per cent of all crashes.
Chief Inspector Andy Charlton continued: “The message is clear - the only safe number of alcoholic drinks you can consume before driving is zero. If you choose to drink, don’t drive.”