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Drink Drive Warning to Young Men

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 1st June 2012

Pirate FM has learnt young men most likely to drink and drive in Cornwall and Devon.

It is as police launch a month long summer crackdown in the southwest.

A third of those who tested positive last June were men under 25.

Andrew Howard, Head of Road Safety at the AA, said, "The police aren't foolish. They know that in the winter most drinnking is done in the evenings. They know that at this time of year at the weekends, people with lunchtime barbecues, driving home in the early evening, drink driving is something that happens all day."

Inspector Richard Pryce, from Devon and Cornwall’s road policing, said, “We know that time off work and enjoying the fine weather can lead to people having a drink and chancing the drive home. Please think ahead and do not risk putting your life or the lives of others at risk.
 
“As well as the potentially tragic consequences, someone who is caught drink driving faces losing their licence and subsequently their livelihoods along with the social stigma that a driving ban brings.
 
Inspector Pryce added: “The message to all motorists is very clear. Have fun, if you drink, do so sensibly, but don’t drive.  Taking that chance is perilous; you will be caught and could face a life changing driving ban.”
 
Anyone involved in a collision can expect to be breathalysed by officers.  In June 2011, 190 people tested positive of which 35% were under 25. 
 
Those convicted of drink and drugs driving can expect to be banned for at least 12 months, receive a fine of up to £5,000 and six months in prison. Collisions resulting in a fatality where the driver is under the influence of alcohol carry a penalty of up to ten years in prison.
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