Appeal for information about motorists suspected of drink/drug driving

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Police are appealing for information about anyone suspected of drink or drug driving in Cheshire.

Officers across the county are continuing to crack down on those who think it is acceptable to get behind the wheel after having an alcoholic drink or taking drugs as part of a national operation.

Members of the public are being urged to support the three-week crackdown by passing on information about anyone they suspect is driving under the influence - especially if they have dashcam footage.

Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell, who is in charge of roads policing in Cheshire, said: "As we head into the summer months, people may be more inclined to get behind the wheel after a enjoying a few drinks with family and friends.

"Whilst it may be tempting to have a drink and then drive home – it is important to remember that even one alcoholic drink can significantly affect a motorist's ability to react to their surroundings and the consequences can be fatal.

"I am urging anyone who suspects somebody is driving under the influence of drink or drugs to report it to us. We take any road traffic offences seriously and will take positive action on any information we receive."

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane, said: "People are well aware that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is incredibly dangerous, yet we still see motorists take to Cheshire's roads after taking illegal substances or when they are well over the drink drive limit.

"These selfish, reckless decisions are costing people's lives so I'm pleased that Cheshire Police is taking part in this campaign to raise awareness of the dangers."

Superintendent Jo Marshall-Bell added: "My officers are out and about every day looking for anyone committing one of the fatal 5 offences - drink/drug driving, careless driving, speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt. This crackdown gives us the perfect opportunity to highlight the dangers of one key element off the Fatal 5 - drink/drug driving - and I am asking the public for their support in our mission to make Cheshire's roads safer.

"We do not go out policing the roads for the sake of it – we are doing it to save lives. People often ask – should you not be spending your time doing something more important and investigating real crimes?. My response to that is simple - people are dying on our roads. Stopping any more deaths from happening as a result of something unnecessary and totally avoidable, has to be one of our top priorities."

If you suspect anyone of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol report it to us via 101. Alternatively you can submit dashcam footage via their website

In an emergency always dial 999.

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Bob Bracegirdle
Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 5:28 pm
Many years ago I agreed in another County with the Police, responding to a complaint that they should be spending more time chasing criminals, saying “we could do so if all the drivers taking alcohol would stop doing so”.

Cannot argue with that.
David Smith
Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 5:40 pm
So; you are out in your car and the driver in front might be 'under the influence'. You want to pass on this information so they can be 'checked out'. If you are on your own you can't use your phone whilst driving - unless hands free - and from personal experience I might advise that dialling 101 as suggested isn't much use as it takes AGES to get an answer and then they just pass you on to another 'extension' somewhere within Cheshire police which takes another AGE for an answer by which time you've given up the will to co-operate with this request or gone about 20 miles out of your way. I would suggest dialling 999 straight away and get some action.
Harry Martin
Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 8:08 pm
Simply wait outside any pub .
Jon Williams
Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 9:19 pm
That's right Harry, you would get plenty round here
Chris Jones
Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 6:53 pm
Not rocket science is it, how much are these people paid?
Charlie Gaughan
Sunday 7th July 2019 at 12:41 am
Well it would be harder to find a sober one round Alderley edge most of the village are drunk behind the wheel from granny to grandad everyone here’s the problem every one thinks it won’t happen to them no bad thing could Twenty years ago a girl who already had a glass of wine was on the way to meet her soon to be x boy friend in the gay dog I was driving home to goostrey she cut the bend and parked her car on top of mine which left me fighting for my life and in a wheel chair for five years people who know me know how my health has deteriorated over the last few years as part of the medication to keep me alive loosing businesses . Boo hoo you could say so what we don’t realise when you throw a pebble in a pool how far the ripples go and come back

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