Warning to East Devon's motorists
MOTORISTS from Exmouth and its surrounding areas have been warned they will face serious consequences if they drive while under the influence of drink or drugs. The warning comes as police start their annual summer drink drive campaign which will run unti
MOTORISTS from Exmouth and its surrounding areas have been warned they will face serious consequences if they drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.
The warning comes as police start their annual summer drink drive campaign which will run until Tuesday, June 30.
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary will increase traffic patrols, road-side checks on drivers and undertake breath tests on every motorist involved in a collision.
Inspector Richard Pryce, from the force's traffic unit, said the consequences of people being caught drink-driving were extensive.
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He explained that this could involve a 12-month driving ban, criminal record, six months in prison and a fine of up to �5000.
Insp Pryce added: "There may also be further financial or social consequences such as losing your job or relationship. I'd urge motorists to ask themselves whether it's really worth it.
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"Our advice to drivers is not to get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all, as research shows that even one drink can impair your driving - motorists just shouldn't take the risk.
"If you are going out for a drink this summer then plan ahead to make sure you can get home safely and without having to drive yourself.
"Take simple steps such as booking a taxi, having a designated driver in your group of friends or arranging overnight accommodation.
"I'd also urge the public not to get into a vehicle if you think the driver has been drinking and report this driver to police."
Officers carried out more than 3000 breath tests during last year's month-long campaign.
Eight-and-a-half per cent of people refused to have a test, failed or gave a positive reading.
"We want anyone who suspects that a vehicle is being driven by someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs to contact police immediately," said Insp Pryce.