Drink and drug driving

Is it worth the risk - drink drive campaign

Thousands of people are tested for drink and drug driving across the Thames Valley and throughout the year.

Thames Valley Police invest time and resources into drink-drive operations all year round in a bid to slash alcohol-related driving incidents on our roads.

You can do your bit by remembering this number, 101 and calling it if you suspect anyone of drink-driving. You could save someone's life.

We will be running operations day and night and taking every opportunity to breathalyse individuals where possible.

Our ‘Is it worth the risk? ‘campaign will be running on Twitter and Facebook to keep you updated, so follow us @ThamesVP or find us on Facebook.

If you drink alcohol or take drugs and drive, you put yourself, your loved ones and other road users at risk, don’t take a chance, it isn’t worth it.

Drink and drug driving is totally unacceptable and is a serious crime. Thames Valley Police works to tackle drink and drug driving all year round.

Superintendent Chris Brown said: “Drinking and driving wrecks lives, most obviously the hundreds of victims and their loved ones who are killed each year.

“But it also changes the lives of the people who are selfish or stupid enough to drive when they are not fit to do so.”

  • On average, Thames Valley Police catches 250 people each month for drink driving.
  • So far this year the number of people caught for drink-driving has increased by 14 per cent.
  • Out of the 2,095 persons caught drink driving, 16 per cent were women and 84 per cent were men.


So far this year (January 2014-October 2014):

  • One in three people tested had alcohol in their system.
  • 20 per cent of those caught drink-driving were under the age of 25.
  • 12 per cent of people tested after a road traffic collision failed the breath test.
  • There has been a seven per cent increase in women caught drink-driving.
  • There has been a six per cent drop in men caught drink-driving.
  • 27,109 people have been breath tested so far this year in Thames Valley.

2014 drink-drive graphic

You cannot calculate your alcohol limit, so do not try – it depends on the amount and type of drink, your weight, sex, age, and metabolism.

Drinking any alcohol – even a small drink – makes you a worse driver because you do not judge speed and distance as well and you do not react as quickly. The only really safe way is to not drink alcohol and drive at all.

If you are convicted for a drink or drug drive offence, you:

  • Will lose your licence for a minimum of one year.
  • Will have a criminal record.
  • May go to prison for up to six months.
  • May have to pay a fine of up to £5,000.
  • May lose your job (15 per cent of those convicted do).
  • Face very high insurance costs once you get your licence back.
  • Will have difficulty hiring a car within ten years of your conviction.

Supt Brown said: “How could you live your life having killed someone?

“How will you cope with a lengthy spell in prison? And even if you don’t have a crash and we catch you driving when you are over the limit, you will find yourself in a cell with enough time to contemplate at least the next 12 months without your driving licence.”

Please take note of the following advice:

  • If you are planning a night out, think about how you are going to get home.
  • Do not drive to the venue – you may be tempted to drive home after drinking.
  • Drink soft drinks until you get home.
  • Book a taxi to take you home – if you believe that you can’t afford to do this, think about whether you can afford to kill yourself, an innocent person or lose your driving licence.
  • Use public transport to get home, or stay overnight.
  • Never offer an alcoholic drink to someone who you know is driving.