Wisbech driver faces Christmas behind bars and is slapped with driving ban and a fine after being found to be three times over the limit at 6.19am
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A man has been sentenced to six weeks in prison, banned from driving for three years and fined after police found him to be three times over the drink driving limit - at 6.19 am.
“Shocking” is how police described the reading when they stopped the driver in Wisbech on Monday to give them the breath test.
The driver was arrested after he gave a reading of 110. The legal limit is 35.
The arrest comes in the second week of the Cambridgeshire Police campaign against drink and drug driving in the run up to Christmas.
As part of it they have launched a confidential hotline for people to anonymously report drivers who they suspect are flouting the law.
In this year’s campaign police are urging motorists to think about where they would rather sleep - their own bed, a hospital bed or a cell.
Road policing officers are out in force until the New Year.
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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.
“Some people may think they can ‘handle’ more than this and still be fine to drive, however, the truth is that any amount of alcohol will affect your driving for the worse.
“It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult and slows your reactions so it takes longer to stop.
“By having ‘just one more’ could be the difference between where you end up that night; a police cell, maybe a hospital bed, or worst case, a body bag – don’t take the risk of not ending up in the comfort of your own bed.
“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,
The confidential hotline number to report drink and drug drivers is 0800 032 0845 and is available 24/7.