Dorset Police Supports 50th Anniversary Of Drink Drive Campaign

Dorset Police Supports 50th Anniversary Of Drink Drive Campaign

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 8:47am 7th November 2014.

Fifty years on from the first anti-drink-drive campaign, nearly all motorists would be ashamed to be caught over the limit. Dorset Police have released research into how attitudes towards drink driving have changed.

Dorset Police is supporting a national campaign today to tackle one of the 'fatal five' killers on the county's roads.

Drink and drug drinking is being targeted by the new THINK! Drink campaign that's celebrating its 50th anniversary.

In 2012 nearly 700 Dorset drivers were convicted for driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.

Inspector Matt Butler of Dorset Police's Road Traffic Unit, said: "Alcohol is a factor in many of the road deaths that occur in Dorset. The first road death I ever attended was that of a drink driver who had lost control and collided with a tree.

"Since then I have seen far too many more lives lost to drink driving. If you think someone is going to drink and drive, please call us. You may save the drivers or someone else's life."

Dorset Police say through a combination of road safety campaigning and better enforcement, road deaths due to drink driving have fallen nationally from 1,640 in 1967 to 230 deaths in 2012, 30 of which were in the South West.