Police boss takes on drink drivers

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A POLICE chief has seen for himself the battle to end the scourge of drink drivers.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s newly elected police and crime commissioner (PCC), joined officers on the streets of Weeton as they breathalysed motorists and carried out spot checks on vehicles.

Road policing chiefs also set up a check point on Singleton Road, opposite the Eagle and Child pub, as Mr Grunshaw looked on.

He told The Gazette: “I wanted to visit a check point to see for myself the good work our police officers carry out to reduce the impact of drink driving in our county.

“It was interesting to see at first hand these spot checks taking place; the officers were checking for faulty lights on vehicles and speeding drivers as well as those who may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“I am totally supportive of the force’s efforts to ensure roads are safer this winter.

“Christmas is a time for enjoyment and social events, and while we all like to have a good time, I want to reiterate the important message if you drink, don’t drink and drive.”

Officers are also targeting mums on the school run who may still be over the limit from the night before.

Although few are being caught drink driving, officers have been left shocked by the number of women on the school run who still have alcohol in their system.

Sgt Claire Pearson, from the Road Policing Unit, said: “It really is alarming.

“Although these people are not breaking the law as they are not over the limit, driving with any alcohol in their system significantly increases the chances of being involved in a collision.

“If they are then they are potentially putting their children’s lives at risk.”

Meanwhile, Mr Grunshaw has confirmed he will add more staff to his existing team.

The commissioner is seeking to appoint Ibrahim Master as his deputy, a move which will be considered by the Police and Crime Panel at a hearing on Monday.

His role will involve supporting the commissioner in the development of strategy and performance improvement, lead on areas such as business crime as well as deputising for the PCC.

Mr Grunshaw has also appointed Mike Lock, Saima Afzal, Bruce Jassi and Amanda Webster as assistant commissioners.

He added: “I stated my intention to appoint Ibrahim some time ago.

“For me, Ibrahim is the obvious choice for my deputy; he has a vast knowledge of 
Lancashire, has business expertise and he is passionate about issues of crime and policing.”

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