Drink Drivers Will Be Publically Named In A New Campaign
11:10am 1st December 2013
Dorset Police's drink and drug drive campaign gets underway today (Sunday 1st December).
For the next month, extra patrols will be carried out on our roads and more drivers breathalysed.
Anyone charged will have their names and court details given to the media, so we can broadcast them.
Inspector Matt Butler, from Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, said: "Each year we warn people of the dangers of drink driving but some still choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, putting themselves and the lives of others at risk.
"I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. Research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive so please don't get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all."
Insp Butler is urging people to plan ahead over the festive period and take simple steps such as booking a taxi, having a designated driver in your group of friends or arranging overnight accommodation.
If someone is caught drink driving they will face a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.