Police reveal drink driver shame

Police conduct a drink driving test

Police conduct a drink driving test

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DRIVERS are being warned not to take a drink driving risk – and think about the consequences of their actions.

In just three weeks police have caught 11 people drinking and driving on the roads in Blackpool and the Fylde.

And, weeks after narrowly escaping being mown down by a suspected drink driver, former Blackpool mayor Robert Wynne is urging drivers to consider the impact their “stupid” decision could have.

Mr Wynne and his family were involved in the frightening near miss when a car careered out of control as they crossed Lytham Road in South Shore.

He said: “It could have wiped out our entire family in 30 seconds walking round a corner.

“I don’t think anyone would want that on their conscience for the rest of their lives.

“People do not really realise the consequences of drink driving.

“A lot of the messages are about the fact you will lose your licence but I don’t think that’s what would be really upsetting if you have done something really stupid.

“We all do stupid things, but don’t do a stupid thing in a car because it’s not yourself you could injure.”

The Citroen Saxo which narrowly missed Mr Wynne, who was the town’s mayor in 2007, his wife, Gaynor and children James and Anna, crashed into a wall after spinning out of control outside South Shore Health Centre on December 1.

Police have stressed although the 11 people caught drink-driving in Blackpool only represent around one per cent of the 1,188 stopped and tested, the figure is still too many.

In Lancashire Police’s northern division, which includes Wyre, 21 people have been found drink driving and one person refused to give a sample, while across Lancashire 133 people were caught.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard, from the roads policing unit, said: “More than 11,000 tests have been carried out and 133 people have failed or refused.

“Although this does show the number of drinking and driving is low, around 1.2 per cent of people tested, more than 100 people have been drink driving and that is too many as far as we are concerned.

“It is important for people to remember the dangers and consequences of drink driving. Our officers will continue to carry out roadside checkpoints and will target those people who drink and drive.

“It is also important to remind people that if they are drinking in the evening then there is a good chance that they could be over the limit in the morning.

“Motorists need to plan ahead and make sure they leave their vehicles at home.”

No-one has been caught drink driving on the county’s motorways, including the M55.

If you suspect anyone of drink driving you can report them to police by calling 101.

The driver who crashed on Lytham Road on Saturday, December 1, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

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