Drink-driving increases in Derbyshire since lockdown eased

Drink-driving has increased in Derbyshire this week since lockdown restrictions were eased, according to police.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 10:19 am
Updated Sunday, 18th April 2021, 10:23 am

With people now allowed to visit pubs and bars with outdoor spaces and to socialise in private gardens, officers with Derbyshire Constabulary say they have seen a rise in the number of drink-drive offences.

Since the beginning of the year, despite pubs being closed, the force has recorded 86 drink-drive arrests in Derbyshire.

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Driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the biggest causes of accidents and fatalities across the UK, according to police.

This week alone, after restrictions eased, a further eight people tested positive for being over the drink-drive limit.

Officers say they fear this amount will increase further over the weekend.

Inspector Greg Hunt, who leads the force’s roads policing unit, said: “Lockdown has been a difficult time for us all and it’s totally understandable that people want to enjoy their time in beer gardens together.

“It is certainly not our intention to stop anyone from enjoying these activities – but we ask that you do so responsibly and keep each other safe.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol not only puts yourself at risk, but also the lives of other innocent road users, passengers and pedestrians as well.

“No drink is worth the devastating impact these offences and tragedies have on families and to the local community.

“No matter how much or little alcohol you think you have consumed, every drink affects our judgement and can rapidly impede reaction times and your ability to drive in a safe manner.

“Just one drink could cause a collision or have life-changing consequences for you or those around you.

“Our message is simple, be sensible – don’t get behind the wheel of a car when under the influence of alcohol.

“Book a taxi, appoint a designated driver, take a walk, use public transport – but do not be tempted to drive.

“Let’s continue the great effort that we have all put into saving lives over the recent events of the pandemic.

“We hope you enjoy your social activities responsibly and let’s continue to work together in keeping Derbyshire a safe place for all.”

Report drink-drivers by calling Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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