Drink-drive offences on the rise - despite hard-hitting campaign

Andover Advertiser: Drink-drive offences on the rise - despite hard-hitting campaign Drink-drive offences on the rise - despite hard-hitting campaign

MORE people in Hampshire have been charged with drink-driving offences in the first fortnight of a Christmas crackdown than last year.

A total of 75 people were charged during the first two weeks of the month-long campaign - an increase of 39 per cent compared with the same period last year.

The number of people arrested for drug or drink driving has also increased, from 89 last year to 108 this year.

Inspector Andy Storey, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: “It is disappointing that people still are not getting the message about drink driving. It is astounding that people are still taking the risk.”

The number of arrests in Basingstoke and Deane has decreased marginally, from nine in 2012 to eight in 2013.

But in Hart and Rushmoor, which includes villages such as Hartley Wintney and Odiham, the number of arrests has increased, from six last year to 11 this year.

Other areas to see large increases of arrests include East Hampshire and Winchester, the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.

This year's campaign has used the story of 10-year-old Evey Staley to highlight the potential dangers of drink-driving.

The schoolgirl died on the Isle of Wight in August last year, when her family's car was hit by a driver who was two-and-a-half times over the drink-drive limit.

Robert Blakely, 31, from Sandown, was jailed for 10 years after admitting causing death by driving without due care while under the influence of alcohol.

Hampshire police officers have been handing out purple ribbons to drivers in Evey's memory, as purple was her favourite colour.

A thought-provoking roadshow display, featuring the wreckage of the Staley family's car, visited Market Square in Basingstoke on Tuesday evening as part of the drink-drive campaign.

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1:55pm Mon 23 Dec 13

laurence86 says...

Maybe there is just a traffic officer who is more astute at spotting drink drivers? The statistics are not great for any conclusions to be drawn up. The sample size and other conditions could easily affect the results. It is sad that people are still stupid enough to drink drive though, just get a taxi or phone a friend. It may be a lot cheaper (and potentially less traumatic) for you in the long run!
Maybe there is just a traffic officer who is more astute at spotting drink drivers? The statistics are not great for any conclusions to be drawn up. The sample size and other conditions could easily affect the results. It is sad that people are still stupid enough to drink drive though, just get a taxi or phone a friend. It may be a lot cheaper (and potentially less traumatic) for you in the long run! laurence86

2:53pm Mon 23 Dec 13

jonone says...

laurence86 wrote:
Maybe there is just a traffic officer who is more astute at spotting drink drivers? The statistics are not great for any conclusions to be drawn up. The sample size and other conditions could easily affect the results. It is sad that people are still stupid enough to drink drive though, just get a taxi or phone a friend. It may be a lot cheaper (and potentially less traumatic) for you in the long run!
It is, but sad that the police only concentrate on the crime at Christmas time. Many more people will be getting clean away with it January to November, when the police cannot be bothered....
[quote][p][bold]laurence86[/bold] wrote: Maybe there is just a traffic officer who is more astute at spotting drink drivers? The statistics are not great for any conclusions to be drawn up. The sample size and other conditions could easily affect the results. It is sad that people are still stupid enough to drink drive though, just get a taxi or phone a friend. It may be a lot cheaper (and potentially less traumatic) for you in the long run![/p][/quote]It is, but sad that the police only concentrate on the crime at Christmas time. Many more people will be getting clean away with it January to November, when the police cannot be bothered.... jonone

9:33am Tue 24 Dec 13

laurence86 says...

jonone wrote:
laurence86 wrote: Maybe there is just a traffic officer who is more astute at spotting drink drivers? The statistics are not great for any conclusions to be drawn up. The sample size and other conditions could easily affect the results. It is sad that people are still stupid enough to drink drive though, just get a taxi or phone a friend. It may be a lot cheaper (and potentially less traumatic) for you in the long run!
It is, but sad that the police only concentrate on the crime at Christmas time. Many more people will be getting clean away with it January to November, when the police cannot be bothered....
The police do police this all year round, the traffic officers will pull anyone that they suspect of drink-driving. It is also policy for them to breath test anyone involved in a prang, providing they are not injured. My teetotal friend was pulled leaving a pub in the middle of the summer and tested, and the two people that I have know who have been caught drink driving were caught outside the festive period. We are lucky to have a good police force here in the UK, they are well trained and free from corruption. I think that they do everything that we could ask of them whilst our ministers keep cutting their support and numbers.
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laurence86[/bold] wrote: Maybe there is just a traffic officer who is more astute at spotting drink drivers? The statistics are not great for any conclusions to be drawn up. The sample size and other conditions could easily affect the results. It is sad that people are still stupid enough to drink drive though, just get a taxi or phone a friend. It may be a lot cheaper (and potentially less traumatic) for you in the long run![/p][/quote]It is, but sad that the police only concentrate on the crime at Christmas time. Many more people will be getting clean away with it January to November, when the police cannot be bothered....[/p][/quote]The police do police this all year round, the traffic officers will pull anyone that they suspect of drink-driving. It is also policy for them to breath test anyone involved in a prang, providing they are not injured. My teetotal friend was pulled leaving a pub in the middle of the summer and tested, and the two people that I have know who have been caught drink driving were caught outside the festive period. We are lucky to have a good police force here in the UK, they are well trained and free from corruption. I think that they do everything that we could ask of them whilst our ministers keep cutting their support and numbers. laurence86

12:08pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Folkestone Saint says...

jonone wrote:
laurence86 wrote:
Maybe there is just a traffic officer who is more astute at spotting drink drivers? The statistics are not great for any conclusions to be drawn up. The sample size and other conditions could easily affect the results. It is sad that people are still stupid enough to drink drive though, just get a taxi or phone a friend. It may be a lot cheaper (and potentially less traumatic) for you in the long run!
It is, but sad that the police only concentrate on the crime at Christmas time. Many more people will be getting clean away with it January to November, when the police cannot be bothered....
Should the blame not lay at the offenders rather than the police
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]laurence86[/bold] wrote: Maybe there is just a traffic officer who is more astute at spotting drink drivers? The statistics are not great for any conclusions to be drawn up. The sample size and other conditions could easily affect the results. It is sad that people are still stupid enough to drink drive though, just get a taxi or phone a friend. It may be a lot cheaper (and potentially less traumatic) for you in the long run![/p][/quote]It is, but sad that the police only concentrate on the crime at Christmas time. Many more people will be getting clean away with it January to November, when the police cannot be bothered....[/p][/quote]Should the blame not lay at the offenders rather than the police Folkestone Saint

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