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Dangers of drink driving highlighted in video

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

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DERBYSHIRE Constabulary has released a hard-hitting video of roads policing officers’ first hand experiences at fatal collisions in a bid to prevent people getting behind the wheel after drinking.

The video has been produced as part of a national month-long campaign, which started on Sunday, June 1 to prevent drink-driving during the summer months.

It features three roads policing officers who are regularly first on the scene of serious and fatal collisions and have to break the news to families that a loved one has been seriously injured or died.

During the campaign officers will be targeting people getting behind the wheel the morning after drinking and people under the age of 25, who are often over-represented in the drink-drive figures.

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There will also be a dedicated week of action running throughout the first week of the campaign.

During the 2013 campaign 287 drivers were stopped and 72 tested positive, refused or failed a breath test – around 20 per cent. Officers tested 182 drivers under the age of 25 with 38 of those testing positive, refusing or failing.

Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis, head of Roads Policing in Derbyshire, said: “The aim of the video and this year’s campaign is to highlight the impact collisions of this nature have on the victims, their families and friends.

“My officers don't want to attend serious collisions that could easily be avoided - and they don't want to have to knock on your door to tell you that your loved one is in hospital or that even worse they're dead.

“We have a busy summer in the sporting arena with the World Cup taking place during June and July, with many games being played late at night.

“Our message is simple. If you’re having a drink, don’t take the risk of getting behind the wheel.”

Convicted drink drivers get a criminal record, lose their driving licence for at least a year and they also risk losing their job and increased insurance premiums.

To report a drink-driver contact police on the non-emergency number 101. If you witness an offence taking place call 999.

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