Nottinghamshire Police is warning motorists in Gedling borough of the dangers and consequences of drink driving with many pubs set to re-open their doors to customers on ‘Super Saturday’ (July 4)
Chief Inspector Simon Allardice said: “We recognise that the easing of Covid-19 related restrictions, in particular the ability to visit pubs and drinking establishments from this weekend, will be welcomed by many members of the public.
“We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun but we’re urging people to act responsibly and make sure that they can keep themselves and others safe on the road by not drinking or using drugs before driving.
“Just one drink or drug driver on Nottinghamshire’s roads is one too many and we’re reminding people of the dangers of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.
“The decision to drive when you’re over the limit takes just a split second, but the consequences can be devastating and could last a lifetime.
“The most costly of consequences are for those who find themselves mixed up in drink or drug drive incidents where a loved one is lost.
“The results of drink or drug driving also have massive life-changing consequences for those who commit the crime in terms of the loss of their job, relationship and freedom to drive.”
Since the lockdown began in March, overall the force saw about the same level of drink and drug driver offenders on the county’s roads during April and May, compared with the same months in 2019.
Between 1 March and 30 May 2020 a total of 436 people were arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving. During the first nine days of the lockdown (23-31 March 2020) a total of 26 people were arrested.
That compares to a total of 425 people arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving between 1 March and 31 May 2019.
Chief Insp Allardice added: “As our statistics show we have arrested a substantial number of suspected drink and drug drivers on our roads since the lockdown began.
“Our Roads Policing Team continues to be on patrol throughout Nottinghamshire and over the next two weeks will be conducting a summer drink drive campaign to focus on this issue.
“All uniformed patrolling officers across the force have also been briefed and are in a position to enforce any drink or drug driving offences.
“Our message is simple – drink and drug drivers will not be tolerated on our roads and those caught drinking and driving can expect to be dealt with robustly.
“If you don’t want to be stopped, arrested, charged and made to appear in court then don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“If you know or suspect that someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, try to discourage them but if they won’t listen to you ring us and report them.
“Call us on 101 or 999 if there’s an immediate threat to life or property. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”