‘There is no safe limit, so never drink and drive’ is the key message from police as the 2015/16 winter drink drive operation began today (26 November).
Causeway Coast and Glens police carried out 17 evidential alcohol breath tests during last year’s campaign, meaning that 17 drivers were either breathed tested or provided a specimen while in police custody.
Superintendent John Magill explained: “Every year we see drivers taking the risk of killing or injuring themselves, their family, friends or other innocent road users by deciding to drive after drinking.
“We’re determined to detect these drink drivers before they cause carnage on our roads. We will carry out as many road side and evidential breath tests as necessary. While it is a positive that we are keeping people safe through this operation, it is disappointing that people still choose to drink drive.
“To date this year 64 people have lost their lives in crashes on our roads and many more have been seriously injured. I am appealing for all road users and pedestrians to exercise caution and put road safety first.
“People need to put as much effort into planning how to get home safely, as they do planning their night out. I do not want police officers knocking on doors at any time of the year, but especially over Christmas and the New Year, to tell families that a loved one has been killed on the roads.
Superintendent Magill concluded:
“If everyone slowed down, did not drive after drinking or taking drugs, wore a seatbelt and drove with greater care and attention then together we can reduce this preventable carnage on our roads. Also, if you suspect that someone is drink driving, please call police immediately on the 999 number with as much vehicle information as you can provide.”