Drink, drive – and expect a blue light

PC Sam Markland
PC Sam Markland
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MOTORISTS who go out drinking and drive home can expect to be stopped by police.

Officers will be mounting roadside breath tests across the Fylde coast throughout June as part of a crackdown on summer drink drivers.

PC Sam Markland of Blackpool’s road policing unit warned motorists of the consequences of drink driving.

He said: “As a family liaison officer I work with the families of those killed in drink driving accidents.

“I have to attend the scene of the incident and then tell the family their loved one has been killed.

“I have to tell them because of a drunk driver they will never see him or her again.

“It is a difficult job and my message is the fewer the better.

“I want people to think what it would be like for me to come to their door and tell them their son or daughter had been killed.

“I want them to really imagine it because it may stop them making a huge mistake.”

PC Markland said while drink drivers were targeted year- round, the summer campaign served as a valuable reminder to motorists during the party season.

He said: “It is important we get through to the people who would never intend to drive drunk but circumstances allow it.

“A father who has had two or three drinks at home and gets a call to pick up his daughter who doesn’t feel well.

“An hour later I am knocking at the door telling his wife he has wrapped the car round a tree.

“Don’t do it – call a taxi.

“If you know you are going out on a work night arrange a lift the next day.

“Don’t take your keys out with you because as soon as that key is in the lock you have committed the offence,

“You don’t have to be driving drunk – sleeping it off in the back of a parked car is illegal as well.”

In 2010 there were 46 fatal collisions in Lancashire.

County Councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Individuals have to take responsibility, and decide for themselves that the risk of drinking and driving is one that’s simply not worth taking.”

To report someone who you suspect of driving under the influence contact the police on 0845 1 25 35 45.