8 arrested for drink driving offences over the weekend

With the start of Road Safety Week, the States of Jersey Police have expressed concern at the number of drink drivers arrested over the weekend.

8 persons in total were arrested. 6 are awaiting a ˜fast track' charge for drink driving, 1 is being processed for exceeding the speed limit and the last was released having been under the prescribed drink drive limit.

Also of increased concern is that a number of those arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drink driving were involved in accidents.

"The majority of motorists in Jersey accept that it is wrong to drink and drive but sadly, there are others who are willing to run the risk of injuring themselves or others. Drink driving is a serious matter, the results of which can be catastrophic. If you drink and drive you will be caught.

The States of Jersey Police will continue to pro-actively target drivers who commit serious offences such as drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance and who pose a danger to other road users.

"The message is simple: if you are going to have a drink, don't drive. This includes driving the morning after. The two biggest contributors to serious road traffic collisions remain speed and alcohol. These will continue to be the focus of our road safety initiatives.

Consequences of a drink drive conviction include a driving ban, a criminal record, possible loss of livelihood, increase insurance costs, extreme difficulty in hiring a car for around 10 years, legal expenses and social stigma.

Whilst it proved to be a busy weekend in respect of drink driving and other traffic offences, the number of drink drive related road collisions is down from 58 last year to 39 so far this year.


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