MOTORISTS in Cheshire are failing to heed strong police warnings about the dangers of driving under the influence of either drink or drugs.
Results of roadside tests by officers since the start of this year’s Christmas campaign show that, worryingly, more than 10% of the 1,221 stopped have exceeded the legal limit for alcohol, tested positive for drugs or failed to provide a sample.
Of these, 145 people have been arrested and charged, which is almost on par with the full Christmas campaign figure from last year.
Last year more than 6,500 people were breathalysed throughout the campaign period, either at roadside checks or following road traffic collisions.
Of these, 174 people were prosecuted for being over the legal limit or testing positive for drugs.
Inspector of road policing Brian Rogers said: “The message to drivers using Cheshire roads is clear – there is no guaranteed guide as to the amount of alcohol an individual can consume and still drive safely.
“As for drug-driving, the penalty is the same and the death and destruction it can cause is the same. The only option, for everyone, is not to drink or take drugs at all if planning on driving.”
He added: “Motorists should be aware that Cheshire Police are taking a robust approach on drink and drug-driving over the festive period, and are warning drivers that if they choose to drink or drug-drive they will be prosecuted.”
Insp Rogers went on: “Drink and drug-driving can destroy lives.
“As well as the physical dangers of drink or drug-driving, drivers must consider the legal and personal consequences that will affect their lives if stopped and found to be breaking the law.
“Offenders will face driving bans, a criminal record, a fine, potential loss of job or relationship and increased vehicle insurance.”