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Campaign targets drink and drug drivers in Lichfield and Burntwood

A breath test being carried out

A breath test being carried out

An annual campaign targeting drink and drug drivers in Lichfield and Burntwood has begun.

The scheme aims to cut fatal and serious road traffic collisions and will run throughout Staffordshire and the rest of the country up to and including 1 January.

Les Dyble, Staffordshire Police’s Traffic Management Officer, said:

“Police officers will carry out random road-side stop-checks on vehicles and their drivers during the campaign. Any driver that an officer suspects has consumed alcohol or drugs or has committed a moving traffic offence will be required to provide a road-side breath test for analysis. Motorists involved in road traffic collisions are also breath-tested as a matter of routine.

“People going out for a drink with friends or family, or even staying at home and having a drink but driving the next morning, should think of the consequences of drink driving. You should always ensure you are fit to drive. The more alcohol you consume the longer it takes to clear your body. Remember, you can’t calculate your own alcohol level, but the police can.”

Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is dangerous, against the law and has short and long term consequences:

  • when you are caught you will be breath tested and, if positive, arrested.
  • you will be taken to a police station and if the station test is positive, or you fail or refuse to provide a blood or urine sample, you will be charged.
  • you will attend court and if found guilty, be banned from driving for at least 12 months. You will have to pay a hefty fine, court costs and may be given a prison sentence.

Mr Dyble added:

“You already know the consequences – you’ve read the Highway Code and passed your driving test. You should know that the law applies to you.

“Remember, drinking and drug driving is anti social, against the law and wrecks lives and families. The family could be yours. Is drink or drug driving worth the risk of these consequences?”

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