18th Nov, 2019

118 lives lost as result of drink and drug driving

Malvern Editorial 14th Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MORE than 115 people have died as result of drink and drug driving in West Mercia.

Figures released by the Safer Roads Partnership show 118 people lost their lives as a result of collisions involving alcohol and drugs in the last three years.

Of those motorists, over 64 per cent were aged between 17 and 30 and a further 87 per cent were men.

The shocking data was revealed as part of campaign to crackdown on people tempted to drive while under the influence this summer.

A minimum 12 month driving ban is handed to anyone caught being over the limit, while offenders can also receive a prison sentence and a fine of up to £5,000.

New drug driving laws brought in from March also make it easier for police to tackle drivers who choose to drive whilst under the influence of drugs, with new drug testing kits in place to detect cannabis and cocaine.

West Mercia will also be carrying out roadside checks during the day and night, on all types of road.

Vicki Bristow, communications manager for the partnership, said: “Our campaign aims to highlight the fact that mixing drinking and driving simply isn’t worth the risk.

“Our message is very simple: If you’re driving, don’t drink any alcohol at all. Alcohol affects everyone very differently and any amount can impair your ability to drive.

“The only safe option is to avoid alcohol completely if you are driving, as even ‘just one drink’ could put you over the limit.”

Ch Insp Adrian Knight, Protective Services, Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police added: “The consequences of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs can be catastrophic for families of people who die or suffer serious injuries as a result of unfit drivers.”


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