Greater Manchester Police have today (Monday 24th June 2019) launched their summer drink driving campaign which runs until 8th July. Other police forces are launching similar summer campaigns in an attempt to reduce drink and drug driving.

Greater Manchester Police have also indicated that they will be ‘naming and shaming’ those charged with drink or drug driving during the two week period on social media.

Summer drink driving campaign

The summer drink driving campaign is led by the National Police Chiefs Council and the aim is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by those driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

During the last drink and drug drive campaign by Greater Manchester Police in December 2018, 228 arrests were made.

Chief Inspector Harrison White commented as follows :-

‘We do not tolerate anyone who is under the influence of drink or drugs while driving. They are not only a danger to themselves but more importantly to innocent drivers or pedestrians using the road. The warmer weather and lighter nights can tempt people to stay out longer and have a drink but this is exactly the type of scenario that can lead to drink driving. If you do drink please arrange alternative transport home to ensure you don’t affect anyone’s night. Any amount of drink and drugs can impair your vision and dramatically reduce your reaction times. It only takes a second to lose control of your car but the consequences can last a lifetime. Don’t risk it, stay safe and have normal driving on the road’.

Penalties for drink driving

If you are convicted of drink or drug driving you would face a mandatory disqualification from driving together with a financial penalty. In more serious cases the court can also consider a custodial penalty where there are aggravating circumstances, previous convictions or an extremely high reading. Click here to view the sentencing guidelines for driving with excess alcohol offences.

Avoid a drink driving conviction

At Olliers Solicitors we always advise drinking no alcohol if you are driving. We would also advise:

  • Have a plan how to get home
  • Don’t assume you are under the drink driving limit
  • Make sure you eat before drinking alcohol
  • Pace your drinking
  • Don’t assume you’re safe to drive the morning after drinking

Please click here for more top tips to avoid needing a drink driving solicitor.

Specialist drink driving solicitors

Written by Ruth Peters, specialist motoring solicitor. If you require further advice in relation to a drink or drug driving offence please contact our specialist motoring lawyers on 0808 168 0017. You can also email [email protected] or click here to contact us. We are open from 8am to 10pm daily and will be happy to discuss your case with you.

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