Cheshire Police still finding motorists over the drink drive limit

Runcorn and Widnes World: Cheshire police continue to clamp down on drink driving Cheshire police continue to clamp down on drink driving

A CAMPAIGN to curb drink driving is still finding motorists behind the wheel who are over the limit, warns Cheshire Police.

Officers have been breathalysing drivers they believe to be under the influence of alcohol.

Margaret Ollerenshaw, Cheshire’s deputy police and crime commissioner accompanied officers on the road as they checked drivers.

She said: “I saw people stopped for infringing traffic regulations who were subsequently breathalysed. Those I witnessed were found to be alcohol free and heeding all the messages about not drinking and driving.

"However, others were not so law abiding and will be facing not only having their driving licence removed, and a fine from the magistrates, but also the on-going consequences of being unable to drive.

“For example, they’d have to find alternate ways to travel to get to work, go to the shops, pick children up from school etc. Was the drink really worth all that inconvenience? I don’t think so."

The police has been highlighting the dangers and consequences of drink driving by showcasing the ‘Think’ car across Cheshire.

The car was donated to the emergency services by the family of a 21-year-old man, who died on impact after losing control on a country road.

He was one and a half times above the legal alcohol limit, but had not been speeding. The impact speed of the vehicle was 43mph in a 60mph speed limit.

Margaret Ollerenshaw leads on road safety for Cheshire. Her remit is to scrutinise the constabulary on roads policing matters.

Last year there were 3,273 breath tests conducted, out of these 157 arrests were made and the amount of tests that came back as positive were down from the previous year.


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