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Penzance Police issue drink-drive warning

Penzance Police issue drink-drive warning

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:20pm 2nd December 2019. (Updated at 5:15pm 2nd December 2019)

Police in Penzance have issued a warning after someone was caught drink-driving.

Officers say it happened on Saturday night during dark, wet conditions and the driver was taken into custody.

People are being reminded that drink-driving can cost lives.

Party-goers are being urged to book taxis this Christmas so not to put people's lives at risk.

"So once again our Penzance officers are at custody tonight with a drink driver. It’s wet , it’s dark, the conditions are hard enough without being drunk at the wheel. 

"Whoever this is wastes our time, your money and places lives at risk for the price of a taxi or a call to a friend. Drink driving kills. It’s that simple. 

"There isn’t an officer among us who hasn’t seen the devastation it’s causes. 

"Get a cab this Christmas it’s way, way cheaper than this."

Penzance Police 

In Devon and Cornwall there were 14,185 roadside breath tests in 2015 and 1,692 arrests.

Advice from Devon and Cornwall Police:

Even a small amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. If you drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, you risk your life, the lives of your passengers and others on the road. Drink driving costs lives.

  • Don't drink and drive. The only safe limit is none
  • Beware of the morning after. You could still be over the limit
  • Plan how to get home without the need to drive
  • Don't offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive
  • Don't accept a lift from a driver you know has drunk alcohol.

The police can stop you and ask you to take a breath or drug test if they think you’ve been drinking and /or taking drugs when:

  • You’ve committed a traffic offence
  • You have a vehicle defect
  • You’ve been involved in a road traffic collision.
  • If you fail to cooperate with the roadside requirements or if you fail to provide, you will be arrested and taken to the station to provide evidential specimens.

If you are caught drink driving, you risk an unlimited fine or going to prison, or both, a minimum driving ban and a criminal record.

This dramatic CCTV footage below shows a car, driven by a man who had been drinking, crashing into the Three Elms pub in Brixham and seriously injuring the landlord.

The driver lost control of his car in March 2012 as he drove through the town at 60mph and crashed into the porch of the pub.

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