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Nine arrests in first four days of anti-drink-driving campaign in Lincolnshire

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

  • Police breath testing motorists near the Grandstand in Carholme Road, Lincoln

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A man was arrested for driving while over the limit just metres away from the official launch of a drug and drink driving awareness campaign.

The motorist, who was stopped at around 9.30am on Tuesday, December 4, was the ninth person to be arrested for the offence since the annual clampdown began just four days earlier.

He was pulled over by police as the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership announced its advice to drivers this winter.

According to the organisation, more people are caught over the limit between 6am and 11am than in the hour before or hour after midnight.

Twenty-four people have already been killed on Lincolnshire roads in drink and drug-related collisions this year.

John Siddle, communications manager at the partnership, said many people wrongly believe are were fit to drive the morning after drinking.

"Eating more food doesn't help the process, it actually slows down the system," he said.

"Coffee also doesn't have any effect and neither does having a shower.

"The best thing to do is not to drive if you have had a drink the night before."

The man arrested on Tuesday was one of around 30 drivers to be pulled over in just one hour by police, who were monitoring traffic going out of Lincoln past the Grandstand in Carholme Road.

Motorists were stopped if there was a reasonable suspicion they had consumed alcohol or drugs or were committing another a vehicle-related offence.

Mr Siddle said people with an early start should not drink the night before, adding drivers should plan how they get to and from places they will be drinking.

He said the result of being caught could be destructive.

"If you think you have a strong relationship, look at how that would hold up if you are arrested for drink driving," he said.

"If you're banned from driving it's going to affect many areas of your life, such as your job."

Supporting the campaign is a coroner who testified in the inquest into the fatal crash involving Princess Diana and Dodi Fayad.

Robert Forrest, now coroner for South Lincolnshire, said: "Drinking even very small amounts of alcohol along with many prescribed medicines and some medicines you can buy over the counter can be dangerous. Alcohol will multiply the adverse effects that some medicines have on your ability to drive safely."

Detective Inspector Rob Grace, who was at the campaign launch, said it was impossible to gauge how much individuals could drink the night before a night out and be fit to drive the next day. "Any level of alcohol will increase the chances of killing yourself or family members," he said.

Police will be monitoring traffic at random locations and times in certain areas during the winter period to take drink drivers off the road.

A 65-year-old man has been charged with driving a motor vehicle while over the prescribed alcohol limit.

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  • Realist1976  |  December 07 2012, 2:15PM

    "Banning and ruining peoples lives the day after a night out seems harsh when they may not be that over the limit or that much of a danger. There ought to be a sliding scale." FragPig the drink driving limit is set at 35mg per 100ml of breath precisely to prevent those who have consumed a little alcohol the night before and only have residual amounts in their body from being prosecuted. Even up to 40mg you are unlikely to be prosecuted. if you are over the limit then you ARE always dangerous whether it is 11pm or 11am. The average person takes 1 hour per unit consumed to clear alcohol from their body. If you have 6 pints the night before thats at least 12 units, more if its a strong lager etc, thus if you finish at 11pm you should not drive before 11am. If you know you need to drive the next day and consume alcohol large amounts of alcohol the night before you deserve all you get. I have been to enough incidents to see how lives are wrecked by these idiots, they deserve no sympathy.

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  • Roadscource  |  December 07 2012, 1:25PM

    "So over the course of a week I could get my neighbour taken off the road just by riding my bicycle into his car as he reverses out of his drive of a morning and reporting the 'accident'." Not if he crashed into you first.

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  • hteethhte  |  December 07 2012, 12:27PM

    Drink slows down awareness and junkies aren't aware of anything. There are so many motorists unaware of their indicator switch or that a red traffic light means stop. The police drink and drugs campaign is a good one.

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  • eatmygoal  |  December 07 2012, 9:40AM

    Bolshie, there was a chap a few years back who had had a few drinks once. He looked out the living room window and had left the handbrake loose on his car and noticed it had rolled onto the pavement. He got in his car and reversed it back on to the drive but didn't have his lights on. The police went past at this moment and stopped him as they thought he was going onto the road without lights. They smelt his breath and tested him and he was over the limit, so he went to court. The court acknowledged that he was reversing onto his drive and that he had no intention of driving on the road, but he was in charge of a vehicle while over the limit so lost his liscence for a year. Harsh, but under your scheme, following the similar automatic ban pattern that they had to follow he would now be without a car for the rest of his life for that. I have heard of people who have been banned for sleeping in their car and having the engine on for warmth and of people having a mate push the car while they have the engine off so they can get the car off the road. I am not of the opinion that they were blameless, just seems a very harsh punishment relative to say a £100 fine for punching someone when you are drunk.

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  • Mr_Sneer  |  December 06 2012, 8:52PM

    "Fragpig 2 this is why i came up with my radical idea that everyone involved in an accident should be awarded points on their licence whether an accident was their fault or not." So over the course of a week I could get my neighbour taken off the road just by riding my bicycle into his car as he reverses out of his drive of a morning and reporting the 'accident'. As usual, you've not really thought this through, have you?

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  • Bolshie  |  December 06 2012, 8:43PM

    Can't find any way at all to condone driving whilst under the influence at all. All too often I see articles relating to a paltry ban after someone is caught driving whilst over the limit. I agree with a zero tolerance policy but I feel it should be allied to an automatic lifetime driving ban with no right of appeal. That should be backed up by automatic imprisonment for driving whilst banned. In both cases the vehicle concerned should be confiscated, sold and the proceeds placed into the police budget - the aim being to incentivise the police to purge drink driving all year round instead of just a few days at Christmas.

  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  December 06 2012, 8:27PM

    More drink-drivers caught between 6 and 11 in the morning than the hour before or hour after midnight. Let's look at that more closely. How can it be possible to catch more wrongdoers in five hours than in one? Oh, yes, there's five times as much opportunity, and more cars on the road.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 06 2012, 6:44PM

    There should be a zero tolerance to drink driving as well as using a mobile phone while driving.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  December 06 2012, 6:14PM

    Brilliantly incontrovertible.

  • Roadscource  |  December 06 2012, 5:10PM

    "On what evidence do you base your assertion that the police "don't set up their dragnets from 11-00 pm to 1-00am"?" Because there arent any.

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