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49 motorists caught out in drink-drive blitz

PUBLISHED: 10:41 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 September 2010

NEARLY 50 motorists are facing a tough new year after being caught out in Haringey Police s drink and drug driving blitz. The arrests included 39 for providing a positive breath test, five who refused a breath test – including two in Crouch End – and one

NEARLY 50 motorists are facing a tough new year after being caught out in Haringey Police's drink and drug driving blitz.

The arrests included 39 for providing a positive breath test, five who refused a breath test - including two in Crouch End - and one for being drunk in charge of a vehicle. A man in Muswell Hill was also arrested for driving while unfit through drugs.

This week police hit out at the drivers for putting other people's lives at risk.

Supt Michelle Husk from the Met traffic unit said: "Every year I see the lasting and devastating consequences of drink and drug driving on the lives of many individuals and their families.

"Officers from the Met are on the streets tackling these problems every day and we will continue to do so.

"Motorists need to be aware of the dangers and possible consequences when they decide to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

Their decision could be the difference between life and death."

Since the launch of the Christmas Think campaign, the Met's traffic unit has carrying out roadside breath tests to deter, and raise awareness of the risks of drink or drug driving.

In addition to breath test equipment to detect drink driving, police officers have been using a series of tests to spot drug use.

Haringey's Borough Commander Dave Grant said this week: "Be warned, if you are found to be driving under the influence of drink or of drugs, you will be arrested and taken into custody.

"You could lose your licence, be fined, or sent to prison."

Please think about your safety and that of others and think before you drink."

A total of 460 people died in drink driving accidents last year, which accounted for 16 per cent of all road deaths.

The Department for Transport estimates that 14,480 - six per cent of all road casualties -occurred when someone was driving while over the legal limit.

However, more than 30 years of anti-drink driving campaigns has had a positive effect. The number of people killed in drink drive accidents each year has fallen by almost three quarters since 1979.

The legal limit in the UK is 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

But a recent survey by road group AA of 15,000 members revealed that 70 per cent support lowering the drink driving limit.

A spokesman for the AA said: "The AA is happy to see the drink-drive limit lowered because more than two-thirds of AA members support it. However, we recognise that lowering the limit does not overcome some of the persistent problems with drink-driving. These include the number of hardcore drink-drivers who may drink to two or three times above the current limit and get in a car.


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