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Summer Drink Drive Campaign

During the first 7 months of 2015, 90 people have been arrested in Jersey for Drink Driving; that compares to 74 people during the same period last year, an increase of nearly 18%

Starting on Monday 10th August, the States of Jersey Police will be increasing the number of road checks taking place around the Island and raising the profile of their educational message, encouraging all road users to look out for each other. In addition, enforcement activity will take place with officers working in both marked and unmarked vehicles to monitor the behaviour of road users and police will be acting upon information to locate and arrest drink drivers wherever possible.

Chief Inspector James Wileman said, “These figures are disappointing; we live in a small community and should be looking out for one another. Drinking and driving demonstrates a complete disregard for the drivers themselves, their friends and family, and those around them. It’s irresponsible and anti-social and it has no place in our community.”

As well as being against the law, drink driving has been shown to greatly increase the risk of injury to all parties on the road. Alcohol tends to make you feel over-confident and more likely to take risks when driving, increasing the danger to all road users, including the driver themselves. Alcohol is also a depressant, slowing down the brain and affecting the body’s responses and is one of the leading causes of accidents (www.drinkaware.co.uk).

In Jersey, one person is seriously injured every week as a result of a road traffic collision. In a small island these figures are clearly unacceptable.

Inspector Paul Smith has a message for those who choose to drink and drive; “Don’t expect to get away with it, expect to get caught and to face the consequences!
We welcome any information that assists us in catching those drivers who feel they have a right to put each and every one of us at risk by continuing to drink and drive.
You may still be under the influence of alcohol the next day, even if you feel OK, you could still be unfit to drive and be over the legal limit. For this reason we will be conducting road checks in the morning as well as at other times of the day and night.”

If you are involved in a road traffic collision in Jersey where the Police attend you will be subject to a roadside breath test. If you're convicted of drink driving, your life will change:

You will have a criminal record;
You will be disqualified from driving;
You will receive a fine of up to £2,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months;
You will have to pay more for your vehicle insurance as your premium will increase;
You will have difficulty in hiring a car for the next 10 years;
You will need to re-sit your driving test once your disqualification period is over;
You will have to explain to your family why you did it;
You may have to inform your employer of your conviction;
You may lose your job or means of income.
You may be refused entry to certain countries

Anyone who has information about offenders of any kind can contact Police Headquarters on 612612 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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