Drink drivers risk other people’s lives

Embargoed to 0001 Friday December 19''PICTURE POSED BY MODEL ''File photo dated 03/12/14 of a man demonstrating breathalyser equipment asthree in four motorists would like to see a lower drink-drive legal limit in England and Wales, according to a survey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 19, 2014. As many as 43% want the limit to fall from the current 80mg level to just 20mg (effectively a zero-tolerance figure), while a further 31% favour a 50mg limit - the level just introduced in Scotland. Only 26% want the limit to stay the same, the survey of 1,000 drivers by road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line found. The survey also showed that 95% of drivers wanted repeat drink-drive offenders to face higher penalties, with 89% saying these offenders should have special "alcolocks" fitted to their vehicles to prevent them moving off if over the limit. Brake is calling on politicians to commit to a 20mg limit in their parties' general election manifestos. See PA story TRANSPOR

Embargoed to 0001 Friday December 19''PICTURE POSED BY MODEL ''File photo dated 03/12/14 of a man demonstrating breathalyser equipment asthree in four motorists would like to see a lower drink-drive legal limit in England and Wales, according to a survey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 19, 2014. As many as 43% want the limit to fall from the current 80mg level to just 20mg (effectively a zero-tolerance figure), while a further 31% favour a 50mg limit - the level just introduced in Scotland. Only 26% want the limit to stay the same, the survey of 1,000 drivers by road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line found. The survey also showed that 95% of drivers wanted repeat drink-drive offenders to face higher penalties, with 89% saying these offenders should have special "alcolocks" fitted to their vehicles to prevent them moving off if over the limit. Brake is calling on politicians to commit to a 20mg limit in their parties' general election manifestos. See PA story TRANSPOR

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More than 150 people were caught drink driving as part of Lancashire Constabulary’s Christmas drink drive campaign.

A total of 5,012 breath tests were administered across the county throughout December 2014, with 153 people failing the test and four refusing to provide a specimen – resulting in a failure rate of 3.1%.

The annual crackdown on drink driving saw high profile activity take place around the clock across the county.

However, in contrast to previous years, officers adopted a different approach.

Superintendent Jon Puttock said: “This year’s Christmas drink drive campaign saw us adopt a more targeted, intelligence led approach. As a result, we carried out fewer breath tests than in previous years, meaning it is difficult to make any direct comparisons.

“But what we would say is that 153 people caught drink driving is 153 people too many.

“People who choose to drink and drive not only put their own lives in serious danger, but the lives of everyone around them.

“We will continue to carry out regular enforcement activity and take action against those who continue to break the law.”

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “Every single one of Lancashire’s residents should recognise the dangers of getting behind the wheel after drinking – whether it is the same night or the morning after.

“If you do drink-drive you risk ruining your life – and you could end someone else’s.”