Drink-drivers 30 times more likely to crash

DRINK-drivers who are twice the legal alcohol limit are more than 30 times more likely to cause a crash than those who have not been drinking, police have warned.

Throughout last month, police carried out 11,230 breath tests across Greater Manchester which resulted in 464 people being arrested for drink-driving.

This means that 4.1 per cent of drivers breathalysed tested positive, which is up from 3.5 per cent last year.

Of those arrested, 78 were involved in crashes, which is the same number as last year, and six people were arrested for drug-driving following roadside impairment tests, which is down by 28 compared to December 2011.

PC Martin Tomlinson, from Greater Manchester Police’s road policing unit, which is based in Leigh, said getting behind the wheel while under the influence is not worth the risk.

He said: “Even if you are under the limit you are still impaired by alcohol.

“If people need to drive the morning after drinking they shouldn’t be complacent.

“A lot of people are surprised when they fail breath tests, but a lot of people are getting caught.

“If you need to drive the next day people should leave it a good while after drinking before driving.”

Police have been cracking down on drink-drivers by carrying out breath tests across Bolton on motorists who are spotted driving badly.

They say everyone reacts differently with alcohol — a person’s weight, sex, age and metabolism all play a part, along with the amount and type of drink.

People could still fall foul of driving illegally the morning after drinking even if they feel all right — police say it is impossible to get rid of alcohol faster regardless of the amount of “sobering up” techniques people try.

Those caught getting behind the wheel while over the limit will be left with a criminal record, unable to drive for at least a year, have higher insurance, could lose their job and will have their licence endorsed for 11 years.

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1:14pm Fri 11 Jan 13

exiled says...

Stating the obvious...?
Stating the obvious...? exiled
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4:24pm Fri 11 Jan 13

brian jones says...

Surely it's impossible to provide anything like accurate figures, if the police don't attend to all drink drivers and all crashes?
Surely it's impossible to provide anything like accurate figures, if the police don't attend to all drink drivers and all crashes? brian jones
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9:07pm Fri 11 Jan 13

farnworth's mafia says...

death penalty for all drink drivers, waste of breath these tw4ts
death penalty for all drink drivers, waste of breath these tw4ts farnworth's mafia
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9:40pm Fri 11 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Agreed exile,I just wonder how much time and energy went into garnering this statistic?
Agreed exile,I just wonder how much time and energy went into garnering this statistic? boltonnut
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