A TOP police officer today warns against even one drink before getting behind the wheel as figures reveal an average five drink-drivers are caught on our roads daily.
Inspector Andy Storey spoke ahead of the launch of Hampshire Constabulary’s campaign against drink-impaired driving called It’s Not Worth The Risk.
This year’s campaign features more operations than ever before as police aim to take drink and drug-impaired drivers off our streets.
Insp Storey who is leading the campaign said: ‘My own personal view, and I think it’s shared by many in the police service, is if you are going to drink you shouldn’t be driving.
‘If we were to have a zero-tolerance level then I could perfectly understand why that would be.’
Latest figures show six people were killed and 32 suffered serious injuries where alcohol was a factor between January and August.
A total of 1,569 drink-drivers were caught between January and September – down five per cent from the 1,656 in the same period last year. But police say this figure is still far too high.
This year officers and staff will be wearing a purple ribbon to remember everyone who has died as a result of drink-driving.
The ribbons are also available to the public and are purple as it was the favourite colour of 10-year-old Evey Staley.
Evey was killed by drink and drug-driver Robert Blakely in a crash in Newport on the Isle of Wight in August last year.
The public are also being urged to shop anyone suspected of drink or drug-driving by texting their details to Hampshire police on 80999.
Insp Storey added: ‘There will always be a hardcore element of people who think [drink-driving] is the easiest, quickest way to get home. But we all know the consequences if it goes wrong.
‘Even if they don’t end up in the most horrific of circumstances you will still lose your licence, you could lose your job and even your family.
‘The message clearly is don’t do it.
‘The safest way is to have nothing at all. Within the law we have certain legal levels if intoxication but even if you are not over that amount, even after just one drink, your reactions will be impaired.’