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Suffolk: Why are drink driving motorists still dicing with death?

18:34 10 July 2014

Take care on the roads tonight - and if you are driving, don

Take care on the roads tonight - and if you are driving, don't drink - say police

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A senior police officer has expressed disappointment with the number of motorists in Suffolk who are still “dicing with death” by drink driving.

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Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of roads policing in Suffolk and Norfolk made the comments after more than 3,500 motorists in Suffolk and Norfolk were stopped by police during a summer crackdown on drink and drug driving.

Throughout June, 3,526 drivers were breathalysed across the two counties, with 195 giving positive tests or failing to provide a specimen.

Ch Insp Spinks said: “I still find it hard to believe that people are prepared to risk their lives and those of others by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Put simply – they are dicing with death.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs your judgement, making your reactions slower and therefore increases the chances of being involved in a collision.

“We target motorists all year round but this campaign allows us to focus attention on drink drivers; enforcing the law and educating motorists.”

Suffolk Constabulary includes drink driving in its “fatal four” motoring offences alongside speeding, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences.

Along with partners in Norfolk and other organisations including Think! and the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership, officers in Suffolk attempt to educate drivers to improve safety.

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