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COMMENT: Bandstand event is a victim of its own success

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the police didn’t have to launch drink-drive crackdowns any more?

We can hardly pretend we don’t know the risks and yet hundreds of people still put the lives of others in danger every summer when they get behind the wheel of their car after drinking alcohol.

As details of this year’s summer campaign are announced, it’s worth remembering why the police continue to target drink-drivers in this way.

The simple fact is that while measures have been taken to re-educate people about the risks, too many choose to selfishly ignore the law.

It’s vital that the police continue hammering home this message to people because while the gung-ho attitude of old has been significantly reduced, it hasn’t been eradicated altogether.

Last summer’s drink-drive campaign resulted in 561 motorists being charged and those aged between 21 and 25 were the worst offenders.

It’s shocking to think that some of the next generation of drivers are arrogant enough to presume that they won’t get caught, or that their reckless behaviour won’t cause an accident.

We support the police’s attempts to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking the morning after the night before.

And we also urge people to pick up the phone and call the police if they suspect someone of drink-driving.

But perhaps the time has now come for the government to introduce tougher penalties for those who drive while over the limit.

Those who are caught and convicted shouldn’t just face a driving ban and a fine. Why can’t the courts be given powers to confiscate their vehicles?

Repeat offenders must be under no illusion that the rest of society condemns their behaviour, so prison sentences should be handed out to those who break the law more than once.

There are no second chances for the innocent people who are injured or killed at the hands of a drink-driver.

Why should those who offend get that luxury?