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104 people stopped in one hour as Lincolnshire festive crackdown on drink and drug driving begins

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

104 people stopped in one hour as Lincolnshire festive crackdown on drink and drug driving begins
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Lincolnshire Police stopped 104 motorists in Lincoln this morning in just one hour during the offical launch of its Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving.

Drivers were ordered to pull off Skelllingthorpe Road between 7.30am and 8.30am and were handed campaign leaflets.

Twenty people were breathylsed but no-one tested positive.

The countywide campaign runs from December 1 to January 1 and roadside tests are being carried out across the county during the mornings, evenings and night time.

As well as breathaylser checks, field impairment checks will be carried out on drivers suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.

Chief Inspector Stewart Brinn said: “Families torn apart by the spectre of drink and drug driving are left behind to suffer for all time the loss of a loved one.

“Our enforcement strategy will include leaflets in 3 languages, Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish as well as an English leaflet.

“We will conduct checks at all times of the day to ensure drink and drug drivers are stopped and put before the courts.

“Information from Crimestoppers will be acted upon swiftly to ensure the safety of road users in Lincolnshire.

“We ask members of the public to help us to help them. Call 101 if they suspect a drink driver but call 999 in an emergency."

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership says that everyone has a responsibility when behind the wheel to ensure they are fit to do so.

Impairment through drink or drugs carries severe penalties for those convicted and those who refuse testing will suffer the same penalties through the courts.

People enjoying the festive period are urged to make provision to travel by nominating a designated driver or pre-arranging a taxi home.

Drink drivers can be imprisoned, they will automatically be banned from driving for 12 month and the offence will remain on their license for 11 years.

The criminal record for the offence will be declarable for all times.

So far this year in Lincolnshire, two people have died in drink-related collisions and 69 people have been injured, 13 suffering serious, which are often life changing, injuries.

Lincolnshire Police roadside test more than 12,000 people every year and more than 800 have been prosecuted so far in 2013.

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  • gsx1100  |  December 04 2013, 11:24AM

    To add to your list, Pete67, the last time I was stopped and bagged, I was asked whether I had used any mouthwash or cough medicines, as most contain alcohol.

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  • Pete67  |  December 04 2013, 9:00AM

    InsideStory - - - Supposedly some types of medicines will give a positive on a breath test even when you are sober, and a blood test will prove it. How will drivers go on then? What I find funny is that someone over the limit can be driving perfectly, and some idiot will run into them. The one who has had the drink is then automatically blamed for the accident.

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  • Listener  |  December 03 2013, 11:30PM

    Just to comment on the early morning issue: I remember a local shopkeeper being stopped around 06:30 am for going slightly over the speed limit, when asked why, he said he had got up late and not heard the alarm as he had been out the night before and had been drinking (he got a Taxi home). He was breath tested and lost his licence for a year as he was still over the limit. Now he though he had done everything right, but unfortunately it was still in his system when he got up late to go open the shop. He was not intentionally driving whilst over the limit, just unlucky. If he had not been in a hurry no-one would have known.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 03 2013, 8:01PM

    Under no circumstances should anyone be driving a vehicle under the influence of drink or drugs full stop and i totally agree with random roadside checks ,some people cant drive responsibly without drink or drugs so heaven help us if they are under the influence of anything . Some new coaches will not allow the engine to be struck up until the driver has taken an on-board breath analyser which is part of the vehicles engine management system ,so if they can do it with coaches why not other vehicles .Surely the Government could could demand this from vehicle manufacturers on new vehicles .

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 03 2013, 7:39PM

    I can remember the old "stop and search" that the police employed in an attempt at preventing crime some years ago, that caused a public outcry! How come this type of "stop and search" is not causing the same outcry? Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you refuse to give a breath test, aren't you convicted anyway? Or is that hearsay? Hmmmmmm

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  • theknowitall  |  December 03 2013, 7:18PM

    There is absolutely no arguing as to the importance of preventing drink driving but to do it at 7:30 on a morning when drivers are already facing huge delays and inconvenience around town. Perhaps a more appropriate time for testing would be late at night. I would imagine that the campaign has now successfully targeted 104 sober people trying to get to work who are actually law abiding motorists. The Police are funded by taxes and quite frankly I want my contribution to target the real offenders at the times they are most likely to be out.

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  • 4caster  |  December 03 2013, 6:09PM

    According to the police web site: https://http://tinyurl.com/pyotngu 'The police cannot stop a vehicle just to carry out a random breath test. They have to have a reasonable suspicion that the person has consumed alcohol or drugs. Once the vehicle has been stopped for, perhaps, a routine check, this can be ascertained through the smell of alcohol, slurred speech or glazed eyes. Failure to comply with a request to carry out breath test is an offence and the penalty is the same as if you had been convicted of being over the limit.' That is ambiguous and contradictory. They can stop anyone for a 'routine check' (on what?), but not for a random breath test.

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  • Listener  |  December 03 2013, 3:51PM

    Sensible as always. I see both for and against so far. I do agree that criminals need to be caught and suitably dealt with. But I am against the bullying tactics I see used in some of these "Cops with cameras" recently on TV. Give someone power and then watch it abused. This spoils it for the decent "bobbies on the beat". Australia and New Zealand have got it right as they are extremely courteous in all circumstances. Have a happy arrest free Festive Season all.

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  December 03 2013, 2:10PM

    There is no excuse for driving under the influence and it's totally unacceptable, however, are random stops for no reason illegal, they certainly used to be. I also have a problem that in UK law, a person is supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty in court with the burden of proof on the prosecution, however with drink driving, the driver is considered guilty of an offence unless they prove their innocence by taking a breath test. With random testing, the police don't even need reasonable suspicion or probable cause or whatever it's called in this country. Some people may say that the end justifies the means, a phrase used by dictators, vigilantes and torturers.

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  • Pete67  |  December 03 2013, 12:30PM

    Sounds like a good excuse for being late to work at least.

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