Drink/drug driving campaign
Posted on 17th June 2019
Police are appealing for information about anyone suspected of drink or drug driving in Cheshire.
Officers across the county are continuing to crack down on those who think it is acceptable to get behind the wheel after having an alcoholic drink or taking drugs as part of a national operation.
Members of the public are being urged to support the three-week crackdown by passing on information about anyone they suspect is driving under the influence - especially if they have dashcam footage.
Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell, who is in charge of roads policing in Cheshire, said: “As we head into the summer months, people may be more inclined to get behind the wheel after a enjoying a few drinks with family and friends.
“Whilst it may be tempting to have a drink and then drive home – it is important to remember that even one alcoholic drink can significantly affect a motorist’s ability to react to their surroundings and the consequences can be fatal.
“I am urging anyone who suspects somebody is driving under the influence of drink or drugs to report it to us. We take any road traffic offences seriously and will take positive action on any information we receive.”
Police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane, said: “People are well aware that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is incredibly dangerous, yet we still see motorists take to Cheshire’s roads after taking illegal substances or when they are well over the drink drive limit.
“These selfish, reckless decisions are costing people’s lives so I’m pleased that Cheshire Police is taking part in this campaign to raise awareness of the dangers.”
Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell, added: “My officers are out and about every day looking for anyone committing one of the fatal 5 offences - drink/drug driving, careless driving, speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt. This crackdown gives us the perfect opportunity to highlight the dangers of one key element off the Fatal 5 - drink/drug driving - and I am asking the public for their support in our mission to make Cheshire’s roads safer.
“We do not go out policing the roads for the sake of it – we are doing it to save lives. People often ask – should you not be spending your time doing something more important and investigating real crimes?. My response to that is simple - people are dying on our roads. Stopping any more deaths from happening as a result of something unnecessary and totally avoidable, has to be one of our top priorities.”