Drink drive campaign in full swing

The Christmas anti-drink drive enforcement campaign is now in full swing with officers from the States of Jersey Police and the Island's Honorary Police working at all times of day and night to make our roads safer.
So far this month 11 people have been charged with drink driving offences and have already appeared in the Magistrates Court or have pending Court appearances.
The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. Two drivers who were tested provided breath samples of 122 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. This is nearly three and a half times the legal limit. The majority of drivers charged provided breath samples of between two and three times the legal limit.
A 16-year-old boy who was stopped by officers riding his moped on Victoria Avenue was twice the drink drive limit and has a pending Youth Court appearance in January.
The consequences of drink driving are severe. At best it could cost an offending driver their job due to the loss of their driving licence, or as a result of a prison sentence and at worst it could cost the driver their life, or the life of an innocent road user. The message is therefore simple “ Don't Do It.
Those who need to drive the following morning are also being encouraged not to drink the night before. If you have been out drinking the night before driving, you may still be affected by alcohol the next day; sleeping, eating, having a shower, drinking a cup of coffee or other ways of ˜sobering up' will not help “ it just takes time.
The States of Jersey Police fully support the Designated Driver Scheme being run this year by the Liberation Group and a number of other licensed premises where designated drivers receive free soft drinks.

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