Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year?
Bedford Borough Council has launched its winter anti drink-drive
campaign this week, reminding motorists not to risk drinking and
driving this festive season.
The campaign is focusing on the fact that being caught drink
driving will not only ruin Christmas but have repercussions for the
New Year and beyond.
A series of posters, newspaper adverts and beer mats will be
distributed around Bedford Borough to remind people of the dangers
of drinking and driving throughout the Christmas and New Year
period. The campaign will compliment the Bedfordshire and
Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit’s focus on drinking and drug
driving over the festive period.
The Police carry out breath tests on all drivers involved in a
collision as well as any driver who is behaving in a way to suggest
they may be drink driving:
• The penalties for drink driving are an obligatory 12
month driving ban, a fine of up to £5000 and up to 6 months in
prison. Those convicted will also gain a criminal record and
penalty points on their licence for 10 years. Their insurance costs
will increase dramatically, hiring a car will become all but
impossible and entry to some foreign countries denied.
• Even being in charge of a vehicle with excess alcohol in
the body could result in a prison sentence of up to three months, a
driving ban and a fine of up to £2,500.
• Causing death by careless driving whilst under the
influence of alcohol can result in a prison term of up to 14
Drink driving statistics
Last year 9% of all fatal road collisions and 6% of serious
injury collisions involved drivers impaired by alcohol . Often it’s
the innocent party that suffers not the driver. In 2010, 120
pedestrians were killed or seriously injured by drink drivers as
were 20 pedal cyclists and 54 other car drivers or passengers. 60
of these casualties were children . In Bedfordshire last December
10.3% of drivers asked to provide a sample of breath either proved
positive or refused .
The legal alcohol limit for driving is 35 micrograms per 100ml of
breath, or 80 milligrams per 100ml of blood but any alcohol will
impair the ability to drive
It’s impossible to calculate the amount a person can drink and
remain under the drink drive limit as this will vary from person to
person and a number of other factors including gender, weight and
age. So the only safe limit is none.