Police praise ‘whistleblowing’ Wisbech factory bosses after tanker driver found to be nearly FOUR times over limit before leaving depot

PUBLISHED: 21:14 26 December 2015 | UPDATED: 08:05 27 December 2015

Tanker driver arrested for drink driving

Tanker driver arrested for drink driving


A near tragedy was averted in Wisbech after factory bosses blew the whistle on a tanker driver who was later found to be nearly FOUR times over the drink drive limit.

Dob in a drink driver plea by Cambs Police

A confidential hotline has been set up in Cambridgeshire to report people who are drink or drug driving.

Road Policing Unit Inspector, Phil Bloor, said: “Over the past 50 years the number of road casualties caused by drink driving has fallen dramatically, however we are still seeing far too many. By drinking and driving you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road. “The legal drink drive limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, which equates to roughly* four units of alcohol for men and three for women before you are legally unfit to drive.

“We advise if you’re drinking, even just one, don’t drive and arrange an alternative way of getting home.”

The number of drink drivers stopped in Cambridgeshire in 2014 was 849 compared to 1,133 in 2010,

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit will be out in force targeting those under the influence of alcohol behind the wheel.

The designated, confidential hotline number for members of the public to report drink and drug drivers is 0800 032 0845 and is available 24/7.

Cambridgeshire Police has revealed few details of the incident that happened early on the morning of December 23.

A police spokesman said: “A factory in Wisbech had suspicions about a driver who following an overnight stop was about to leave their depot in a tanker lorry.”

The spokesman said a call was made to advise police of their suspicions.

“They asked an officer attend to prevent a possible drink-drive incident,” said the spokesman.

Police breathalysed the driver who was found to be nearly four times over the legal limit.

“The driver blew 131 compared to the legal limit of 35,” said the police spokesman. The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of breath.

Praising factory bosses, the spokesman said: “This was fantastic work by those who prevented what could have ended in tragedy.”

Police have not yet named the factory that made the call.

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