People to be spied on with CCTV to make sure they're not drink driving (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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People to be spied on with CCTV to make sure they're not drink driving
6:10am Tuesday 17th December 2013 in News
CCTV operators will be keeping an eye on on people leaving pubs in an effort to spot drink drivers.
The news came after police launched their seasonal clampdown on festive drink-driving.
A total of 35 people have already been caught, just ten days after police started focusing more than usual on drink-drivers in a run-up to the holiday season.
The force is - Asking operators who monitor CCTV feeds in towns to be on the lookout for potential drinkdrivers leaving pubs and clubs - Mounting extra patrols to catch drivers who are over the limit - Using automatic number plate recognition cameras to pick out vehicles belonging to previous offenders, so they can be stopped and checked - Asking bar staff and the public to report anyone they think is drink-driving.
Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s casualty reduction manager, said: “Drink-driving is taking a risk, not only with your own life, but those of your passengers and other innocent people on the road.
“It can result in a criminal record, the loss your driving licence, or a fine of as much as £5,000. If you kill or injure someone you could face as long as 14 years in prison.
“The message from Essex Police is don’t take the chance, as drink-driving can have devastating consequences.
“Make sure you arrange your lift home in advance, whether it is by train, bus, taxi or a designated driver. Don’t drive if you are going to have a drink.”
Last year, 3,263 people were breathalysed in Essex in December and 126 were found to be over the limit. This year, the first ten days of December saw 1,271 people stopped and tested and 35 found to be over the limit.
If you suspect someone to be drink-driving, dial 999 or 101, or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.
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