Drink drive warning being ignored

By Ian Dipple Tuesday 18 December 2012 Updated: 18/12 10:53

MOTORISTS are continuing to ignore the dangers of drink driving as more than 70 have already been caught over the limit while behind the wheel since the start of December.

West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership say its annual warning is going unheeded despite a big publicity campaign and increased roadside checks by police.

The month long campaign began on December 1 and so far a total of 74 people have been arrested across West Mercia and Warwickshire for being under the influence of drink or drugs. Last year's campaign saw 203 people caught drink or drug driving across West Mercia alone and were up for the first time in five years, with the majority caught the morning after a night out.

This year's campaign challenges drivers to ensure they know what the limit is and the consequences of drink and drug driving.

Vicki Bristow, communications manager for West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership, said: "There are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and think they know how much the limit is but the simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all."

Supt Lee Davenport of Warwickshire and West Mercia Police added: "Worryingly, and despite many warnings over the years about the dangers of drink/drug driving, there are still far too many reckless drivers ignoring the devastating consequences. We're urging people to think hard about the consequences that a collision could lead to."

Popular »

1 Dangerous dog attack

2 Teenagers hospitalised after car overturns

3 Middle schools very much alive

4 Mums plea for readers help with dream trip

5 Will you be joining Alex Hospital Rally?

More news »

Legal challenge over council's care cap

A TEENAGER and his family are launching a

Police crackdown sees burglaries fall

THE NUMBER of burglaries across Redditch has almost

Boy hit by pellet

A BOY was hit by an air rifle

Community groups get new homes

A DEAL struck by the borough council could

Regional news »


Bromsgrove Standard
Two arrested after dramatic chainsaw raid in Bromsgrove

A BROMSGROVE couple were arrested after a dramatic chainsaw raid ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Teenagers seriously as car overturns near Alcester

THREE teenagers were taken to hospital after their car overturned ...

Evesham Observer
First park run is runaway success

EVESHAM’S first weekly parkrun has been hailed a great success ...