A summer drink drive initiative in the Thames Valley launches on Monday after it’s revealed 85 people were killed or seriously injuried because of drink-driving in 2013.
And the emphasis on this year’s campaign is on ‘the morning after’.
Every year in June, Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary take part in the national anti-drink driving campaign.
Throughout the month both forces will be conducting drink/drug operations at all times throughout the day and night across the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Every driver involved in a collision will also be breathalysed as a matter of course.
As well as aiming to reduce the number of people who are killed or injured as a result of drink driving, we would also like to remind motorists that receiving a conviction for drink or drug driving could ruin their lives.
Supt Lucy Hutson, head of roads policing for Thames Valley and Hampshire said: “Is it worth the risk? The answer is simple, no it isn’t.
“After just four pints of lager, you may not be safe to drive for up to 13 hours, so whether you are drinking in the afternoon at a summer barbeque, drinking while you watch a World Cup football game or going out for a few drinks in the evening, make sure you are safe to drive.
“Just because you haven’t had a drink for a few hours, it doesn’t mean all the alcohol has left your system and you can drive, you are still likely to be over the limit.
“Extra patrols will be out over the next few months carrying out a number of breath tests.
“If you are caught drink driving you could face a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and could even lose your job. Is it worth the risk?”
Out of the total people killed or seriously injured on the roads in Thames Valley in 2013 one in 11 involved a person impaired by alcohol (85 out of 927).
A drink driving conviction is a criminal conviction.
> Here are some of the consequences of receiving a criminal conviction which many people have not thought about before and will hopefully make people think twice about drink driving this summer:
Your car insurance could go up. Having a criminal record will make it extremely difficult to get any other kind of insurance
To buy a mortgage you have to disclose any unspent convictions
You may not be able to travel to America if you have a criminal conviction. Travelling to a country where you need a visa or a working permit can be very difficult with a criminal record.
Colleges and universities will have their own policies about misconduct and getting in trouble with the police could have a knock on effect with your education
Lying to your employer on any kind of application which asks you to disclose any criminal convictions could be seen as fraud and lead to a further conviction
Getting into trouble with the law could be seen as gross misconduct by your employer and you could lose your job
Having a criminal record could make it very difficult for you to get another job