World Cup fans face drink-driving purge

2am kick-offs spark police plans for morning-after crackdown

2am kick-offs spark police plans for morning-after crackdown

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FOOTBALL fans staying up late to watch the World Cup have been warned against drink-driving as police launch a morning-after crackdown.

Essex Police have launched a summer anti-drink driving campaign the week before the Brazil World Cup starts, on Thursday, June 12.

Officers have warned they will target drivers who may be over the limit from the night before after staying up late to watch matches, some of which start as late as 2am. As well as breath tests, police will test for drug use with roadside impairment tests.

Almost 100 drivers were caught over the limit while behind the wheel during last summer’s campaign.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s casualty reduction manager, said: “Sadly, some people consider themselves to be above the law and make the decision to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both.

“Not only does this put their lives at risk, but the lives of their passengers or other innocent road users. The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before, so if you have been drinking into the night, you will not be fit to drive the morning after.”

Of 2,616 drivers breathalysed during last year’s campaign, 94 were over the limit or refused or failed to provide a sample, equivalent to just under 4 per cent. Of those over the limit, 21 were aged under 25 and 61 were aged 25 and over. No age breakdown was available for the other 12.

The campaign runs until the end of this month, but the police have warned they deal with drink driving robustly 365 days a year. Officers will be stepping up road checks throughout the month in towns across the county with bustling night time economies and in rural areas, where some drivers believe they have less chance of getting caught drunk behind the wheel.

Drink-driving can result in a criminal record, the loss of a driving licence and a fine of up to £5,000. If it results in death or serious injury, the driver faces up to 14 years in prison and will have to live with the consequences of their actions for the rest of their lives.

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1:06pm Wed 4 Jun 14

rossb89 says...

There's only one game that kicks off at 2am. Japan v Ivory Coast.
There's only one game that kicks off at 2am. Japan v Ivory Coast. rossb89
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Bosniavet says...

rossb89 wrote:
There's only one game that kicks off at 2am. Japan v Ivory Coast.
I thought the only games for which late opening was going to be allowed were those involving England - according to common concensus, this will be 3 times only.
[quote][p][bold]rossb89[/bold] wrote: There's only one game that kicks off at 2am. Japan v Ivory Coast.[/p][/quote]I thought the only games for which late opening was going to be allowed were those involving England - according to common concensus, this will be 3 times only. Bosniavet
  • Score: 5

1:30pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Chris Flunk says...

Bosniavet wrote:
rossb89 wrote: There's only one game that kicks off at 2am. Japan v Ivory Coast.
I thought the only games for which late opening was going to be allowed were those involving England - according to common concensus, this will be 3 times only.
It's only the England vs. Italy game that kicks off late (11pm), the games against Uruguay and Costa Rica are 8pm and 5pm respectively.
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rossb89[/bold] wrote: There's only one game that kicks off at 2am. Japan v Ivory Coast.[/p][/quote]I thought the only games for which late opening was going to be allowed were those involving England - according to common concensus, this will be 3 times only.[/p][/quote]It's only the England vs. Italy game that kicks off late (11pm), the games against Uruguay and Costa Rica are 8pm and 5pm respectively. Chris Flunk
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

" If it results in death or serious injury, the driver faces up to 14 years in prison"

unless your name is Luke McCormick.
" If it results in death or serious injury, the driver faces up to 14 years in prison" unless your name is Luke McCormick. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Wed 4 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

Hope they stop all those white van W@nkers, going along the A13 between 0600 and noon
Hope they stop all those white van W@nkers, going along the A13 between 0600 and noon sesibollox
  • Score: 3

1:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

DAGASMAN says...

"If it results in death or serious
injury, the driver faces up to 14
years in prison" thats funny, i've never heard of anybody getting more than 2-3 years for killing somebody behind the wheel, even if the car was stolen, they were drunk and they ran away from the scene
"If it results in death or serious injury, the driver faces up to 14 years in prison" thats funny, i've never heard of anybody getting more than 2-3 years for killing somebody behind the wheel, even if the car was stolen, they were drunk and they ran away from the scene DAGASMAN
  • Score: 3

2:10pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
"If it results in death or serious injury, the driver faces up to 14 years in prison" thats funny, i've never heard of anybody getting more than 2-3 years for killing somebody behind the wheel, even if the car was stolen, they were drunk and they ran away from the scene
Yep, if you want to kill someone make sure you do it with a car.
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: "If it results in death or serious injury, the driver faces up to 14 years in prison" thats funny, i've never heard of anybody getting more than 2-3 years for killing somebody behind the wheel, even if the car was stolen, they were drunk and they ran away from the scene[/p][/quote]Yep, if you want to kill someone make sure you do it with a car. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 2

2:16pm Wed 4 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
"If it results in death or serious
injury, the driver faces up to 14
years in prison" thats funny, i've never heard of anybody getting more than 2-3 years for killing somebody behind the wheel, even if the car was stolen, they were drunk and they ran away from the scene
Go back to Poland
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: "If it results in death or serious injury, the driver faces up to 14 years in prison" thats funny, i've never heard of anybody getting more than 2-3 years for killing somebody behind the wheel, even if the car was stolen, they were drunk and they ran away from the scene[/p][/quote]Go back to Poland CarnMountification
  • Score: -4

2:18pm Wed 4 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

typical of essex police to put a dampener on it, before a ball is even kicked.....
typical of essex police to put a dampener on it, before a ball is even kicked..... pembury53
  • Score: -7

2:26pm Wed 4 Jun 14

born and raised criminal says...

I might cycle pi55ed everywhere, coming out the pub at 1am and riding pi55ed is the best way to get home I think anyway.
I might cycle pi55ed everywhere, coming out the pub at 1am and riding pi55ed is the best way to get home I think anyway. born and raised criminal
  • Score: -3

2:31pm Wed 4 Jun 14

DAGASMAN says...

CarnMountification wrote:
DAGASMAN wrote:
"If it results in death or serious
injury, the driver faces up to 14
years in prison" thats funny, i've never heard of anybody getting more than 2-3 years for killing somebody behind the wheel, even if the car was stolen, they were drunk and they ran away from the scene
Go back to Poland
"Go back to Poland" id rather go back to your mothers house
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: "If it results in death or serious injury, the driver faces up to 14 years in prison" thats funny, i've never heard of anybody getting more than 2-3 years for killing somebody behind the wheel, even if the car was stolen, they were drunk and they ran away from the scene[/p][/quote]Go back to Poland[/p][/quote]"Go back to Poland" id rather go back to your mothers house DAGASMAN
  • Score: 6

12:47pm Thu 5 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

Good.
Good. supermadmax
  • Score: 1

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