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Dorset Police Launch Summer Drink Drive Crackdown


6:57am 30th May 2014

Dorset Police are increasing their patrols to deal with drink and drug drivers this summer.

This year's campaign will run from Sunday 1st June and has been extended until 31st July to cover the period of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Anyone caught driving under the influence faces being fined or banned from driving.

Officers are also warning would-be offenders that they will also risk having their name and photograph released to Wessex FM.

Inspector Matt Butler told us this applies to drivers who think they're being responsible too. "Even though you may think you're being responsible and not driving at the time you have to bear in mind the fact that you may still be over the limit the next day. The advice is: 'If you have to get up early the next morning, don't have a drink'."

He added it's particularly important during the World Cup matches in July. "We recognise the fact that people enjoy watching the football with a drink and there's no problem with that. But what we would say is, please just drink in moderation and think through the effects and think through how you're going to get home before having that drink."

Every driver who is involved in a collision during this period will be breath tested, irrespective of whether they are suspected of drink driving or not.

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.

The Force will also use information submitted by the public to target suspected offenders of drink and drug driving throughout the campaign.

Dorset Police will be taking to Twitter to remind motorists of the drink and drug drive campaign and to inform the public how many drivers have been charged each day. Follow @dorsetpolice and look out for #DPSummerDrinkDrive.

If you suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, dial 999 immediately so police can intercept or call 101 with non-urgent information.

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