Drink driving arrests fall in Devon and Cornwall during World Cup

Drink driving arrests fall in Devon and Cornwall during World Cup

Drink driving arrests fall in Devon and Cornwall during World Cup

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A Devon and Cornwall Police crackdown on drink driving during the World Cup has seen fewer people failing breath tests compared to the same month last year.

The force carried out its annual summer drink and drug driving crackdown, with a special focus on morning after drink driving this year due to World Cup matches often being played later into the night and during weekdays.

Inspector Richard Pryce, Roads Policing Unit inspector, said: “The scheduling times of some matches meant that there was potential for people to drink later into the night, then to drive at the normal time in the morning without considering whether they may be over the drink drive limit.”

Between June 30 and June 1 this year 776 drink drive tests were conducted in Devon and Cornwall of which 132 were positive, refused or failed (17 per cent). This compares to the same period in June 2013 when 789 tests were conducted, of which 166 were positive, refused or failed (21%).

Of the drink drive tests which were administered in the “morning after” period between 5am and 11am (based on time of arrest), 11 returned a positive result.

Those convicted of drink driving can expect to be banned for at least 12 months, receive a fine of up to £5,000 and/or six months in prison. Collisions resulting in a fatality, where the driver is under the influence of alcohol can carry a penalty of up to ten years in prison.

If you have any information about drink/drug driving in your area, please call the police on 101, email 101@devonandcornwall.police.uk or in an emergency always call 999.

Alternatively you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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