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Dorset Police Launch Summer Drink Drive Campaign

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8:15am 1st June 2012

Drivers on Dorset roads are being reminded of the dangers of drink and drug driving with Dorset Police's month-long summer drink and drug driving campaign.

Starting today motorists are being warned of the prison sentence they could face if caught driving under the influence.

The campaign will include increased traffic patrols, roadside checks, and every driver that is involved in a collision during the month will be breath tested - whether they are suspected of drink driving or not.

Currently drink driving causes 25% of road deaths in Dorset.

Chief Inspector Matt Butler, Head of Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, has told Wessex FM:

"It is difficult to change attitudes amongst some motorists, but those who decide to risk the safety of others will be arrested and prosecuted."

Drivers who are caught drink or drug driving could face a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.

Those who are convicted of causing death by careless driving under the influence will face 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine and an extended driving test on release from prison.

"If a member of the public suspects someone is going to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they should dial 999 immediately and report the details to the police so that we can intercept that vehicle," said Chief Inspector Matt Butler.

You can contact Dorset Police in confidence on 101 to report drink or drug drivers, or call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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