Motorists caught drink driving by police in Dorset throughout the month of June will be named and shamed as part of a new campaign.
Launched on 1 June, the Dorset Police campaign will see anyone charged with a drink driving related offence have their name and court appearance details released to local media. Custody images of those convicted could also be issued.
The force’s annual summer campaign uses the hashtag #DontRiskIt and sets out to remind drivers that the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be ‘devastating’.
Throughout the month-long operation, officers will be requesting breath tests from all drivers involved in road traffic collisions, irrespective of whether or not they suspect an offence.
Drivers can also expect to be tested during routine stop checks, or if they are stopped for an offence. Field Impairment Tests (FITs) will be conducted on drivers suspected of being unfit to drive through drugs.
During 2016 in Dorset, 880 people were arrested for testing positive for alcohol or refusing to provide a breath test. A further 128 people were arrested for drug driving.
Police constable Heidi Moxam, Dorset Police’s casualty reduction officer, said: “With the weather continuing to get better, we’re at a time when drivers are more likely to risk drink or drug driving after socialising. I would ask those planning to go out for a few drinks to consider how you’re going to get home beforehand.
“Nationally, on average 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured each year in drink drive collisions.
“Too many people fail to consider the untold devastation that drink and drug driving can cause. Alcohol impairs many of the functions necessary for safe driving – reaction times go up and spatial awareness is significantly reduced. You don’t have to be drunk to be a drink driver.”