Drink Driving Solicitor – Drug Driving Solicitor in Essex, Colchester and Chelmsford.
Drink and drug driving crackdowns in Essex and Suffolk has resulted in more than 150 arrests.
Almost three hundred people were breathalysed on suspicion of drink driving in Suffolk during a Summer drink drive campaign. 33 motorists provided positive tests.
Colchester Magistrates’ Court – St Botolphs Circus
The month-long drink and drug drive campaign, launched on June 1, targeted drivers getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Otherwise known as drink drivers.
Additional road traffic police patrols and roadside traffic checks were carried out by the road traffic police with Suffolk having an 11.8 per cent fail rate. Eighty nine drug driving tests were also carried out, with 29 drivers / motorists providing positive drink drive readings – a fail rate of 33 per cent.
The head of the joint Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, stated: “It’s always disappointing to see that people are still prepared to take the risk and get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, although it is a minority. “Dozens of people caught during the campaign will now have a minimum 12 to 18 month drink driving ban, which will have massive implications on their professional and social lives. “We target drink drivers all-year round and my plea to motorists considering getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs is don’t – it’s simply not worth the risk.”
Across Essex there were 107 drink drive arrests made during the month of June as the county’s constabulary and road traffic police ran its summer drink drive campaign. Essex Police and road traffic police are also publishing the name of everyone convicted of drink or drug driving in the month of June in the hope it will deter motorist from drink driving or drug driving.
Suffolk’s Police & Crime Commissioner stated: “It is beggars belief that despite the obvious dangers, too many drivers still take to the road under the influence of drink or drugs and sadly this month-long campaign confirms this. “I am particularly concerned to see that a third of drivers tested for drugs proved positive, this is very worrying. – See: drivingsolicictors.co.uk
“Drivers need to understand that drink or drug driving risks lives and the lives of others, it is grossly irresponsible and selfish. “I hope that slowly but surely the message is getting through, this cavalier attitude to safety is completely unacceptable and I urge drivers to take heed. “Sadly too many drivers have still not learnt the lesson – drink/drug driving kills.”
Another motorist recently pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample, as well as three other charges including driving a vehicle with illegal plates. Magistrates said the most serious offence was the refusal to give a sample, landing him with a minimum three year road traffic ban as it was his second similar offence.
At the hearing, the driver was branded a “recreational” cannabis user. Colchester magistrates’ Court and Chelmsford magistrates’ Court both deal with road traffic offences. It is important you contact a driving solicitor at your first opportunity.
Drink Driving Offences are as follows:
- (1) Driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle whileunfit to drive through drink or drugs (s.4(1)).
- (2) Being in charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit to drivethrough drink or drugs (s.4(2)).
- (3) Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other pub-lic place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in the person’s breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit (s.5(1)(a)).
- (4) Being in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or public place after consuming alcohol so that the proportion of it in the person’s breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit (s.5(1)(b)).
- (a) Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a road or otherpublic place when there is a specified controlled drug in the defendant’s blood or urine that exceeds the prescribed limit for that drug (s.5A(1)(b)).
- (b) Being in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place when there is a specified controlled drug in the defendant’s blood or urine that exceeds the prescribed limit for that drug (s.5A(1)(b)).
- (5) Without reasonable excuse, failing to co-operate with a preliminary test (s.6(6)).
- (6) Without reasonable excuse, failing to supply specimens of breath, blood or urine for analysis (s.7(6)).
- (7) Without reasonable excuse, failing to allow specimen of blood to be subjected to a laboratory test (s.7A).
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