As the festive season gets underway, Robin Walker MP has visited the local police team keeping Worcester’s streets safe from problem drivers and is urging drivers in Worcester to

avoid any risk of drink or drug driving, which can ruin lives.

He met with the police team along with Chief Inspector Jerry Reakes-Williams, bright and early this morning, who were pulling over cars onto the Pitchcroft car park and conducting breathalyser tests on anyone driving illegally or erratically in central Worcester.

The officers involved pointed out that people often forget that residual alcohol from the night before can still take them over the limit and that driving with any amount of alcohol in your blood stream is a risk. During the Christmas party season it is simply not worth the risk of causing an accident in which someone could be killed or getting a criminal record.

This Saturday local police and emergency services personnel will be taking part in a demonstration of the clean-up operation from a Road Traffic Collision to show members of the public in Worcester the huge efforts that go into saving people from car crashes. They will be demonstrating the police and fire service response, first aid techniques and the huge amount of resource that is dedicated to dealing with RTCs. The demonstration on the Cornmarket car park will show very clearly why drinking and driving is not worth the risk.

New data from MoneySuperMarket shows that 1.35 per every 1000 drivers in Worcester have a drink or drug driving conviction1. MoneySuperMarket analysed 11 million car insurance quotes run over the last 12 months. It found the railway town of Crewe has the highest proportion of motorists with offences for drink and drug driving, while Central London drivers have the lowest proportion2.

Kevin Pratt, car insurance expert at MoneySuperMarket, said:

“There are serious consequences for those caught for drink or drug driving, including up to six months’ jail time, a driving ban of at least a year and a fine of up to £5,000. Even after a punishment has been served, a conviction will sit on your licence for 11 years and you’ll have to declare the offence when you apply for car insurance for five years.”

Robin said:

“An intoxicated driver puts the lives of others at risk, whether they are drivers, pedestrians or passengers in their own car. I am glad that we have proactive and visible policing in Worcester over the festive period to keep the public safe and remind people not to risk it. I also really welcome the work of the emergency services to raise awareness of the awful risks and costs when things go wrong. We are lucky to have such professional emergency responders in Worcester and as we celebrate Christmas it is always worth remembering those who are still working hard to keep us safe in the police, fire and ambulance services.”

“Quite simply it is not safe to drink and drive and nobody should consider doing it. MoneySuperMarket’s research show the full financial cost of a conviction, and provides yet another reason why drivers should avoid any risk of it.  I urge my constituents to take care and keep themselves, their communities and their loved ones safe this festive season”

Chief Inspector Reakes-Williams said:

“We all want people to go out and enjoy themselves at Christmas time but it simply isn’t worth putting yourself and other people at risk. If you have a drink please take public transport or a taxi home afterwards.”

 

Notes to editors:

For more information on West Mercia Police’s campaign on drink & drug driving see:

https://westmercia.police.uk/article/14754/Dont-risk-a-drink-drive-conviction-this-Christmas

For more information on the information from moneysupermarket see:

1 Regional breakdown of amount of offences per constituency and/or postcode:

Based on claims history provided in MoneySuperMarket quotes from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 (motorists were asked to disclose five years of conviction history)

2 Highest rates 2014/15, by postal area

Highest Amount of Offences, 2015
Rank Postal Area Postal Area Code Rate
1 Crewe CW 1.74
2 Llandrindod Wells LD 1.60
3 Cardiff CF 1.59
4 Newport NP 1.58
5 Swansea SA 1.58
6 Aberdeen AB 1.53
7 Blackpool FY 1.49
8 Darlington DL 1.47
9 Telford TF 1.45
10 Plymouth PL 1.42

Lowest rates 2014/15, by postal area

Lowest Amount of Offences, 2015
Rank Postal Area Postal Area Code Rate
1 London WC WC 0.12
2 London NW NW 0.66
3 London E E 0.68
4 Bradford BD 0.68
5 Ilford IG 0.76
6 London SW SW 0.76
7 Luton LU 0.77
8 London N N 0.78
9 London EC EC 0.81
10 London W W 0.85