Only a few drivers do drink and drive

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I AM totally behind the idea that one should not drink and drive.

I am careful not to exceed the alcohol limit when I am driving throughout the year and extra careful over the Christmas period when I know that there will be an increased danger of being breathalysed.

Your article (Penalty Outrage, January 2) tells of the police arresting 109 motorists since December 1 for drink/drug driving.

Those found guilty should face the penalty.

My concern, however, is that officers conducted 3,412 breath tests to find these 109 law-breakers – that is only around three per cent of the people being stopped, so 97 per cent of drivers were under the limit or had not been drinking.

If 3,412 people have been breathalysed, how many more had been stopped and not been asked to take the test?

Once again, a minority of law-breakers are making things difficult for the police and the rest of the community.

Bob Redwood, Main Street, Askham Bryan, York.

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11:15am Thu 3 Jan 13

yorkshirelad says...

Your comment that you are extra careful over the Christmas Period 'when I know there is an increased chance of being breathalysed' is a bit worrying.

Do you mean that you are less worried the rest of the year because there's more chance of not getting caught?

If you are worried, shouldn't you be worried about being in an incident that harms somebody rather than just worried about getting caught.
Your comment that you are extra careful over the Christmas Period 'when I know there is an increased chance of being breathalysed' is a bit worrying. Do you mean that you are less worried the rest of the year because there's more chance of not getting caught? If you are worried, shouldn't you be worried about being in an incident that harms somebody rather than just worried about getting caught. yorkshirelad
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12:08pm Thu 3 Jan 13

micky moodys hat says...

Here's a novel idea bob, don't drink anything when you're driving. Playing the 2 pint game is a dangerous game to play - Aside from which even a samll amount of alcohol reduces the ability of a person to drive effectively
Here's a novel idea bob, don't drink anything when you're driving. Playing the 2 pint game is a dangerous game to play - Aside from which even a samll amount of alcohol reduces the ability of a person to drive effectively micky moodys hat
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12:17pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Stevie D says...

Not many of those 3,000 breath tests will be random "stop and search" types. More often it will be drivers who have been pulled over for speeding or another offence, or for some other reason that made the police officers suspicious, being routinely breath tested ... so while they may be innocent of DUI, they aren't necessarily "innocent" in the wider scheme of things!
Not many of those 3,000 breath tests will be random "stop and search" types. More often it will be drivers who have been pulled over for speeding or another offence, or for some other reason that made the police officers suspicious, being routinely breath tested ... so while they may be innocent of DUI, they aren't necessarily "innocent" in the wider scheme of things! Stevie D
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12:35pm Thu 3 Jan 13

chunkyyorkie says...

Bob, Your stance worries me.
If the 109 people who were caught had all carried on and killed and permanently disables someone around the next corner (perhaps one of your loved ones) then I know your attitude towards the ‘few’ would change immediately. As a person keen on improving road safety my attitude has always been that there is no problem with drinking and driving if the perpetrators only ever kill themselves……but the reality is too many innocent victims get caught up in the carnage and heartbreak.
Bob, Your stance worries me. If the 109 people who were caught had all carried on and killed and permanently disables someone around the next corner (perhaps one of your loved ones) then I know your attitude towards the ‘few’ would change immediately. As a person keen on improving road safety my attitude has always been that there is no problem with drinking and driving if the perpetrators only ever kill themselves……but the reality is too many innocent victims get caught up in the carnage and heartbreak. chunkyyorkie
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6:35pm Thu 3 Jan 13

yorkiemum says...

What a terrible attitude I wish it was a zero alcohol limit when driving. This Christmas I was the designated driver out of the 4 of us it wasn't a hardship I just got on with it!!
What a terrible attitude I wish it was a zero alcohol limit when driving. This Christmas I was the designated driver out of the 4 of us it wasn't a hardship I just got on with it!! yorkiemum
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