HUMBERSIDE Police are reminding drivers to think twice before drinking and driving, after five people were caught last Saturday drunk behind the wheel.
As the force launches its new regional campaign ‘Think B4 U Drink’ with a host of other local agencies by a range of agencies, police are hoping to remind drink drivers that they are putting lives at risk.
Five drivers were stopped over the limit on Saturday night alone, including two people from Bridlington, even before the Christmas party season starts in earnest.
A 34-year-old Bridlington woman was stopped at 11.40pm last Saturday by officers on Dock and Duck Lane, Beverley and provided a positive road side breath test.
She was charged and released on bail to appear at Beverley Magistrates court in December.
A 31-year-old Bridlington man refused a road side breath test at 5am last Saturday morning, after the car he was driving was involved in a single road traffic collision and came to rest in a ditch on Meaux Road, Wawne.
He was arrested, charged and detained for court.
A 33-year-old Hull man, a 53-year-old Selby woman, and a 25-year-old Hull man were also stopped last Saturday.
East Riding Roads Policing Inspector Mark Hughes said: “Driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs can significantly impair the ability of any driver, which can often result in severe consequences.
“The role of police officers across Humberside this winter is to educate drivers and change the attitudes of those who think it is ok to use the road after drinking or taking drugs.
“Each year in Humberside, over a 1000 drivers who are breathalysed are over the limit.
“On a yearly average in the East Riding we have 25 alcohol related crashes, of those 39 are injured and 10 seriously.
“Drink driving costs the East Riding £1.78 million a year – money which could be more wisely spent if people did not drink and drive.”
Humberside Police launched its ‘Think B4 U Drink’ campaign on Tuesday in Cottingham, along with partner agencies including the NHS, Humberside Fire and Rescue, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Safer Roads Humber.
Insp Hughes continued: “As you can see from this weekend alone, we have a serious problem with people blatantly driving whilst unfit through drink.
“Both men and women are the offenders and as the Inspector of all roads policing in the East Riding, there is nothing worse than delivering the most terrible news to a family, that their loved one has died in a road traffic collision.
“But to then add, the killer was a drink driver – it is devastating.”
Anyone who wishes to report a person suspected of driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs can do so by calling Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.