Police see 39 per cent rise in drink and drug drivers on Hampshire roads

Daily Echo: The wreck of the Staley family's car The wreck of the Staley family's car

More drink-drivers have been caught on our roads this month compared to the same period last year.

The increase has been slammed by police officers, who have expressed their disappointment at people still ignoring the risks of getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink and drugs.

Figures revealed by Hampshire Constabulary show 108 have been arrested for drink or drug driving between December 1 and 15 this year – compared to 89 arrests in the same period last year.

A total of 75 people have been charged so far, an increase of 39 per cent on the same period last year.

It means more people are getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink and drugs, despite Hampshire Constabulary using the tragic story of young Evey Staley as the focus of its anti-drink and drug driving campaign this year.

The ten-year-old was killed after the car she was travelling in was hit by Robert Blakely, who was two and a half times over the legal drink-drive limit and had been smoking cannabis.

She was in the car with her parents, Neal and Penny Staley, who were left with serious injuries.

Blakely was jailed for ten years in April this year for admitting causing the incident on the A3020 Cowes Road in Newport, on the Isle of Wight.

The wreckage of the car they were travelling in has been exhibited across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to give people a sobering reminder of the fatal consequences of drink and drug driving.

Insp Andy Storey, who is heading the campaign, said: “It is disappointing that people still are not getting the message about drink-driving. It is astounding that people are still taking the risk.

“We are putting more resources than ever before into this campaign – if you choose to drink or drug drive, we will catch you, you will go to court and you will lose your licence.

“But the human cost of drink-driving has a much greater impact.”

He added: “This week we are focusing on designated drivers. If you are planning a night out with friends or family decide on a designated driver or have a plan to get home via a way that does not involve you getting behind the wheel if you have had a drink or taken something else.”

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12:09pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Inform Al says...

I never drive within 24 hours of a drink, not because the breathyliser worries me, but because I could not live with the knowledge that I had caused a death. The reason the breathyliser does not worry me is that as well as never drink driving I rarely see police officers on my travels. Those drivers that were caught must have been involved in accidents or found another clever way to attract the police.
I never drive within 24 hours of a drink, not because the breathyliser worries me, but because I could not live with the knowledge that I had caused a death. The reason the breathyliser does not worry me is that as well as never drink driving I rarely see police officers on my travels. Those drivers that were caught must have been involved in accidents or found another clever way to attract the police. Inform Al

12:58pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

Well DUH! The punishment isn't feared as it once was fines and points were a deterrent, but now they don't even register with the guilty.
Well DUH! The punishment isn't feared as it once was fines and points were a deterrent, but now they don't even register with the guilty. Mary80

1:18pm Tue 17 Dec 13

southy says...

Why do they divide the 2 Drink and Drugs. Drink is a drug and is the worse kind of drug
Why do they divide the 2 Drink and Drugs. Drink is a drug and is the worse kind of drug southy

1:47pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Why do they divide the 2 Drink and Drugs. Drink is a drug and is the worse kind of drug
Technically yes, but it's legal and the effects on the human body and brain tend to be markedly different and they are completely different kind of substances.

The worse kind of drug? Really? Ever seen even the short term effects of heroin? Alcohol in moderation when drank by responsible people is relatively harmless. I appreciate you don't believe that anyone can be responsible but yourself, being a saintly dry person and all.

Caffeine is a drug too but I'm not seeing many people being breathalysed for that.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why do they divide the 2 Drink and Drugs. Drink is a drug and is the worse kind of drug[/p][/quote]Technically yes, but it's legal and the effects on the human body and brain tend to be markedly different and they are completely different kind of substances. The worse kind of drug? Really? Ever seen even the short term effects of heroin? Alcohol in moderation when drank by responsible people is relatively harmless. I appreciate you don't believe that anyone can be responsible but yourself, being a saintly dry person and all. Caffeine is a drug too but I'm not seeing many people being breathalysed for that. Shoong

11:53pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Positively4thStreet says...

Inform Al wrote:
I never drive within 24 hours of a drink, not because the breathyliser worries me, but because I could not live with the knowledge that I had caused a death. The reason the breathyliser does not worry me is that as well as never drink driving I rarely see police officers on my travels. Those drivers that were caught must have been involved in accidents or found another clever way to attract the police.
There are several unmarked police vehicles on patrol all the time,which is why people smugly speeding,or using their mobiles because they think there are no police about,often get caught.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: I never drive within 24 hours of a drink, not because the breathyliser worries me, but because I could not live with the knowledge that I had caused a death. The reason the breathyliser does not worry me is that as well as never drink driving I rarely see police officers on my travels. Those drivers that were caught must have been involved in accidents or found another clever way to attract the police.[/p][/quote]There are several unmarked police vehicles on patrol all the time,which is why people smugly speeding,or using their mobiles because they think there are no police about,often get caught. Positively4thStreet

11:59pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Inform Al says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
I never drive within 24 hours of a drink, not because the breathyliser worries me, but because I could not live with the knowledge that I had caused a death. The reason the breathyliser does not worry me is that as well as never drink driving I rarely see police officers on my travels. Those drivers that were caught must have been involved in accidents or found another clever way to attract the police.
There are several unmarked police vehicles on patrol all the time,which is why people smugly speeding,or using their mobiles because they think there are no police about,often get caught.
I have seen the Skoda, once in Beavish Valley and a couple of times on the M3. This is about the same number of times I have seen marked police cars in the last few weeks, fact is there are far too few police about and it's not their fault.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: I never drive within 24 hours of a drink, not because the breathyliser worries me, but because I could not live with the knowledge that I had caused a death. The reason the breathyliser does not worry me is that as well as never drink driving I rarely see police officers on my travels. Those drivers that were caught must have been involved in accidents or found another clever way to attract the police.[/p][/quote]There are several unmarked police vehicles on patrol all the time,which is why people smugly speeding,or using their mobiles because they think there are no police about,often get caught.[/p][/quote]I have seen the Skoda, once in Beavish Valley and a couple of times on the M3. This is about the same number of times I have seen marked police cars in the last few weeks, fact is there are far too few police about and it's not their fault. Inform Al

9:24am Wed 18 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

"We are putting more resources than ever before into this campaign"
" It means more people are getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink and drugs",
Insp Andy Storey- not very hot on sums at school then? if you have more coppers out trying to catch people drink driving (forget the drugs. It's too hard to prove and not worth the coppers bothering) you'll catch more drink drivers, won't you? D'oh.
"Why do they divide the 2 Drink and Drugs. Drink is a drug and is the worse kind of drug" They divide them because you can get away with driving under the influence of speed, weed or charley because , as I said above, it's a waste of resources to prosecute for those things, even though charley makes you think you can cook like Nigella. Having said that, if you think a pint with your mates is partaking of the "worse kind of drug" oh, sorry , you're a Trot aren't you, and Trots don't have mates.
"We are putting more resources than ever before into this campaign" " It means more people are getting behind the wheel under the influence of drink and drugs", Insp Andy Storey- not very hot on sums at school then? if you have more coppers out trying to catch people drink driving (forget the drugs. It's too hard to prove and not worth the coppers bothering) you'll catch more drink drivers, won't you? D'oh. "Why do they divide the 2 Drink and Drugs. Drink is a drug and is the worse kind of drug" They divide them because you can get away with driving under the influence of speed, weed or charley because , as I said above, it's a waste of resources to prosecute for those things, even though charley makes you think you can cook like Nigella. Having said that, if you think a pint with your mates is partaking of the "worse kind of drug" oh, sorry , you're a Trot aren't you, and Trots don't have mates. Dai Rear

11:26am Wed 18 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

And to the extent that the Inspector is saying that the campaign has failed, I already pointed out that the older person driving a newish car while over the limit will not identify themselves with Blakely who is a young-ish druggy, driving an old banger. Why would they?
And to the extent that the Inspector is saying that the campaign has failed, I already pointed out that the older person driving a newish car while over the limit will not identify themselves with Blakely who is a young-ish druggy, driving an old banger. Why would they? Dai Rear

1:05pm Wed 18 Dec 13

southy says...

Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
Why do they divide the 2 Drink and Drugs. Drink is a drug and is the worse kind of drug
Technically yes, but it's legal and the effects on the human body and brain tend to be markedly different and they are completely different kind of substances.

The worse kind of drug? Really? Ever seen even the short term effects of heroin? Alcohol in moderation when drank by responsible people is relatively harmless. I appreciate you don't believe that anyone can be responsible but yourself, being a saintly dry person and all.

Caffeine is a drug too but I'm not seeing many people being breathalysed for that.
Alcohol in moderation is not harmless, it dehydrates the blood effecting and killing brain cells, its the biggest burden on the NHS because problems it will cause, because it dehydrates the blood it will effect the rest of your body right down to skin cells, just having 1 pint a day or equal will over long term kill cells to the extent that they can no longer be repaired, its a drug and the worse one of all
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Why do they divide the 2 Drink and Drugs. Drink is a drug and is the worse kind of drug[/p][/quote]Technically yes, but it's legal and the effects on the human body and brain tend to be markedly different and they are completely different kind of substances. The worse kind of drug? Really? Ever seen even the short term effects of heroin? Alcohol in moderation when drank by responsible people is relatively harmless. I appreciate you don't believe that anyone can be responsible but yourself, being a saintly dry person and all. Caffeine is a drug too but I'm not seeing many people being breathalysed for that.[/p][/quote]Alcohol in moderation is not harmless, it dehydrates the blood effecting and killing brain cells, its the biggest burden on the NHS because problems it will cause, because it dehydrates the blood it will effect the rest of your body right down to skin cells, just having 1 pint a day or equal will over long term kill cells to the extent that they can no longer be repaired, its a drug and the worse one of all southy

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