People to be spied on with CCTV to make sure they're not drink driving

Echo: People to be spied on with CCTV to make sure they're not drink driving People to be spied on with CCTV to make sure they're not drink driving

CCTV operators will be keeping an eye on on people leaving pubs in an effort to spot drink drivers.

The news came after police launched their seasonal clampdown on festive drink-driving.

A total of 35 people have already been caught, just ten days after police started focusing more than usual on drink-drivers in a run-up to the holiday season.

The force is - Asking operators who monitor CCTV feeds in towns to be on the lookout for potential drinkdrivers leaving pubs and clubs - Mounting extra patrols to catch drivers who are over the limit - Using automatic number plate recognition cameras to pick out vehicles belonging to previous offenders, so they can be stopped and checked - Asking bar staff and the public to report anyone they think is drink-driving.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s casualty reduction manager, said: “Drink-driving is taking a risk, not only with your own life, but those of your passengers and other innocent people on the road.

“It can result in a criminal record, the loss your driving licence, or a fine of as much as £5,000. If you kill or injure someone you could face as long as 14 years in prison.

“The message from Essex Police is don’t take the chance, as drink-driving can have devastating consequences.

“Make sure you arrange your lift home in advance, whether it is by train, bus, taxi or a designated driver. Don’t drive if you are going to have a drink.”

Last year, 3,263 people were breathalysed in Essex in December and 126 were found to be over the limit. This year, the first ten days of December saw 1,271 people stopped and tested and 35 found to be over the limit.

If you suspect someone to be drink-driving, dial 999 or 101, or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.

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7:51am Tue 17 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

What a headline....makes out like theres something underhand going on, its a drink drive campaign and too right too, so why the headline...just to get peoples backs up with the 'big 'brother' theme no doubt, the Echo should be supporting it and not turning people against the actions of the police..!!
What a headline....makes out like theres something underhand going on, its a drink drive campaign and too right too, so why the headline...just to get peoples backs up with the 'big 'brother' theme no doubt, the Echo should be supporting it and not turning people against the actions of the police..!! DogsMessInLeigh

8:47am Tue 17 Dec 13

fletch12107 says...

I guess they will be keeping an eye on the known drug users as well.
I guess they will be keeping an eye on the known drug users as well. fletch12107

9:40am Tue 17 Dec 13

pierre-pierre says...

I cant see how CCTV will catch anyone over the limit, they might if he was four times over and couldnt walk to there car.

Me came out of a local pub at three hours after the opening time, so a CCTV would see me, but fat lot of chance, I was driving and hadnt drun, the front seat passenger was a Northampton Police Sergent, he hadnt drunk as he was going to drive back home in another three hours

Oh and its against my human rights for drunken slobs to be out driving.
I cant see how CCTV will catch anyone over the limit, they might if he was four times over and couldnt walk to there car. Me came out of a local pub at three hours after the opening time, so a CCTV would see me, but fat lot of chance, I was driving and hadnt drun, the front seat passenger was a Northampton Police Sergent, he hadnt drunk as he was going to drive back home in another three hours Oh and its against my human rights for drunken slobs to be out driving. pierre-pierre

9:43am Tue 17 Dec 13

billericay boy says...

If you don't do anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about
If you don't do anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about billericay boy

10:34am Tue 17 Dec 13

romantic says...

CCTV might spot somebody, although anybody coming out of a town centre pub will probably need to walk some way to their car. So you'd have to be watching the car parks, but even then, somebody can be well over the limit and not be staggering all over the place. The bigger problem is out in the sticks, where people are more likely to drive to the pub in the first place.

The people who can most effectively stop it are the friends of a potential drink-driver. My experience is it tends to be the older drivers who are more likely to drink and drive. A bunch of younger people will have a designated driver and will stick to it. If you're at a pub and your friend is knocking them back, you have a certain amount of responsibility to try to prevent him/her driving. I have had to literally grab somebody's keys before now and then avoid being punched - but better that than they go off drunk (and they were swaying drunk).

I would also say that the problem is not just pubs: a lot of people drive back from parties and Xmas gatherings well over the limit, often having no idea.

It is difficult to be the sober one while all around you are drunk! Consider getting a taxi instead. Lots of people think they're better drivers after a few drinks, but imagine how it would be to have somebody's death on your conscience.
CCTV might spot somebody, although anybody coming out of a town centre pub will probably need to walk some way to their car. So you'd have to be watching the car parks, but even then, somebody can be well over the limit and not be staggering all over the place. The bigger problem is out in the sticks, where people are more likely to drive to the pub in the first place. The people who can most effectively stop it are the friends of a potential drink-driver. My experience is it tends to be the older drivers who are more likely to drink and drive. A bunch of younger people will have a designated driver and will stick to it. If you're at a pub and your friend is knocking them back, you have a certain amount of responsibility to try to prevent him/her driving. I have had to literally grab somebody's keys before now and then avoid being punched - but better that than they go off drunk (and they were swaying drunk). I would also say that the problem is not just pubs: a lot of people drive back from parties and Xmas gatherings well over the limit, often having no idea. It is difficult to be the sober one while all around you are drunk! Consider getting a taxi instead. Lots of people think they're better drivers after a few drinks, but imagine how it would be to have somebody's death on your conscience. romantic

10:58am Tue 17 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

Stick a copper or two and a breathalysing unit outside the door of all the pubs and get every driver to blow into tbe machine. Nice bit of overtime and doing their bit to keep idiots off the road at the same time. Sorted
Stick a copper or two and a breathalysing unit outside the door of all the pubs and get every driver to blow into tbe machine. Nice bit of overtime and doing their bit to keep idiots off the road at the same time. Sorted Howard Cháse

11:45am Tue 17 Dec 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

What's wrong with the concept of completely random all encompassing breathalyser checks?

How can anyone who is isn't a drinker really complain about the 'inconvenience' of spending a minute or so providing a sample.

We should just get on and do it!
What's wrong with the concept of completely random all encompassing breathalyser checks? How can anyone who is isn't a drinker really complain about the 'inconvenience' of spending a minute or so providing a sample. We should just get on and do it! OMPITA [Intl]

12:03pm Tue 17 Dec 13

InTheKnowOk says...

They need cctv cameras outside 'certain' pubs in Southend to see the dodgy dealings going on in broard daylight between those filthy dirty druggies who loiter about waiting for their next fix ..
They need cctv cameras outside 'certain' pubs in Southend to see the dodgy dealings going on in broard daylight between those filthy dirty druggies who loiter about waiting for their next fix .. InTheKnowOk

1:26pm Tue 17 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

they already are completely random....... try arguing with a copper about the reason you were stopped and see how far you get.....
they already are completely random....... try arguing with a copper about the reason you were stopped and see how far you get..... pembury53

1:28pm Tue 17 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Stick a copper or two and a breathalysing unit outside the door of all the pubs and get every driver to blow into tbe machine. Nice bit of overtime and doing their bit to keep idiots off the road at the same time. Sorted
sorted indeed......... but meanwhile back at the violent assault or mugging
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Stick a copper or two and a breathalysing unit outside the door of all the pubs and get every driver to blow into tbe machine. Nice bit of overtime and doing their bit to keep idiots off the road at the same time. Sorted[/p][/quote]sorted indeed......... but meanwhile back at the violent assault or mugging pembury53

3:04pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Being tee total I will be keeping an eye out, on the three pubs near to my house, and will be reporting those drink drivers....
Being tee total I will be keeping an eye out, on the three pubs near to my house, and will be reporting those drink drivers.... Nowthatsworthknowing

5:18pm Tue 17 Dec 13

romantic says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Stick a copper or two and a breathalysing unit outside the door of all the pubs and get every driver to blow into tbe machine. Nice bit of overtime and doing their bit to keep idiots off the road at the same time. Sorted
Are you aware of how few cops there are on duty on a typical weekend night? Certainly in Colchester, the number would shock people if they knew. By all means, do random testing, but there just aren't the resources for a cop to be at every pub in Essex.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Stick a copper or two and a breathalysing unit outside the door of all the pubs and get every driver to blow into tbe machine. Nice bit of overtime and doing their bit to keep idiots off the road at the same time. Sorted[/p][/quote]Are you aware of how few cops there are on duty on a typical weekend night? Certainly in Colchester, the number would shock people if they knew. By all means, do random testing, but there just aren't the resources for a cop to be at every pub in Essex. romantic

5:45pm Tue 17 Dec 13

the governments corrupt says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Being tee total I will be keeping an eye out, on the three pubs near to my house, and will be reporting those drink drivers....
No one likes a grass.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Being tee total I will be keeping an eye out, on the three pubs near to my house, and will be reporting those drink drivers....[/p][/quote]No one likes a grass. the governments corrupt

8:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Nebs says...

Won't be too far in the future when every car has its own camera.
Won't be too far in the future when every car has its own camera. Nebs

9:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

joe2345 says...

Right, because if someone comes out of a pub they *must* have been drinking. The police and council do realise non-drinkers go to meet people and friends at pubs?!?
Right, because if someone comes out of a pub they *must* have been drinking. The police and council do realise non-drinkers go to meet people and friends at pubs?!? joe2345

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