Six were arrested and charged for drink-driving on the weekend

Police clampdown on drink-drivers

Police clampdown on drink-drivers

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DRIVERS tempted to drink and drive in and around the county are being warned police will not hesitate to arrest them.

It comes after six drivers were caught driving while over the limit at the weekend.

All six have been charged with driving a motor vehicle when their alcohol level was above the legal limit and are due to appear before Worcester Magistrates' Court either later this month or in early September.

Four of the arrests followed accidents on Saturday, August 17, in Worcester, Malvern and Droitwich while under the influence of alcohol and highlights the risks of driving over the legal limit.

In addition to those arrested and charged with drink driving at the weekend, a man was charged with being drunk in charge of a pedal cycle after he was arrested on Lower Howsell Road in Malvern in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Chief Inspector Mark Steele from Worcester police station said: “Many of these arrests happened following collisions and people need to understand the risks they are taking by getting behind the wheel of a car – or even getting on their bicycle – after consuming alcohol.

“You are putting yourself and other road users in danger and we will not tolerate such irresponsible and selfish behaviour.

“We are routinely stopping and catching drink-drivers and we hope that the action we have taken against a number of drivers over the weekend serves as a strong deterrent to anyone thinking of drinking and driving in our force area.”

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5:24pm Wed 21 Aug 13

Hwicce says...

I always find it odd that the Police have to announce that they are going to do their job.

It gives the impression that most of the time they are not doing their job.
I always find it odd that the Police have to announce that they are going to do their job. It gives the impression that most of the time they are not doing their job. Hwicce
  • Score: 13

7:13pm Wed 21 Aug 13

Hillbilly1 says...

Hwicce wrote:
I always find it odd that the Police have to announce that they are going to do their job.

It gives the impression that most of the time they are not doing their job.
Couldn't agree more! Why the hell should they hesitate to arrest them? That's their job. No amount of ANPR or "safety" cameras can catch a drunk driver, so come on police, just do your job!
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: I always find it odd that the Police have to announce that they are going to do their job. It gives the impression that most of the time they are not doing their job.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more! Why the hell should they hesitate to arrest them? That's their job. No amount of ANPR or "safety" cameras can catch a drunk driver, so come on police, just do your job! Hillbilly1
  • Score: 6

8:17am Thu 22 Aug 13

Ronnie6704 says...

I think it's more about making drivers thinking twice than the Lolice doing their job! Prevention better than cure?
I think it's more about making drivers thinking twice than the Lolice doing their job! Prevention better than cure? Ronnie6704
  • Score: 6

8:51am Thu 22 Aug 13

scottyh says...

"come on police, just do your job"

...and yet you moan at the police when they DO their job. Part of the job is education...part of it is the pre-emptive strike...part of it is making people aware that they will be collared if they are caught.

Oh look - this is part of their job!
Oh look - you're moaning at them.
"come on police, just do your job" ...and yet you moan at the police when they DO their job. Part of the job is education...part of it is the pre-emptive strike...part of it is making people aware that they will be collared if they are caught. Oh look - this is part of their job! Oh look - you're moaning at them. scottyh
  • Score: 5

10:25am Thu 22 Aug 13

Hillbilly1 says...

scottyh wrote:
"come on police, just do your job"

...and yet you moan at the police when they DO their job. Part of the job is education...part of it is the pre-emptive strike...part of it is making people aware that they will be collared if they are caught.

Oh look - this is part of their job!
Oh look - you're moaning at them.
Read the report again, it says that police will not hesitate to arrest drink drivers. Does this mean that they have been hesitant in arresting drivers found to be over the limit in the past? When they catch someone over the limit, there is no room in law for hesitancy or leniency. their job is to arrest drink drivers when caught.
[quote][p][bold]scottyh[/bold] wrote: "come on police, just do your job" ...and yet you moan at the police when they DO their job. Part of the job is education...part of it is the pre-emptive strike...part of it is making people aware that they will be collared if they are caught. Oh look - this is part of their job! Oh look - you're moaning at them.[/p][/quote]Read the report again, it says that police will not hesitate to arrest drink drivers. Does this mean that they have been hesitant in arresting drivers found to be over the limit in the past? When they catch someone over the limit, there is no room in law for hesitancy or leniency. their job is to arrest drink drivers when caught. Hillbilly1
  • Score: -1

10:31am Thu 22 Aug 13

Guy66 says...

scottyh wrote:
"come on police, just do your job"

...and yet you moan at the police when they DO their job. Part of the job is education...part of it is the pre-emptive strike...part of it is making people aware that they will be collared if they are caught.

Oh look - this is part of their job!
Oh look - you're moaning at them.
I totally agree that part of the Job is education and providing information to the public which is exactly what this article is doing. So those who moan about the police having to "announce" their intentions try to take a backward step and look at the whole picture rather than being myopic
[quote][p][bold]scottyh[/bold] wrote: "come on police, just do your job" ...and yet you moan at the police when they DO their job. Part of the job is education...part of it is the pre-emptive strike...part of it is making people aware that they will be collared if they are caught. Oh look - this is part of their job! Oh look - you're moaning at them.[/p][/quote]I totally agree that part of the Job is education and providing information to the public which is exactly what this article is doing. So those who moan about the police having to "announce" their intentions try to take a backward step and look at the whole picture rather than being myopic Guy66
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11:36am Thu 22 Aug 13

scottyh says...

Guy66 - this is the Worcester public your comment is aimed at. I think you might need to explain what "myopic" means. it was very shortsighted of you.
Guy66 - this is the Worcester public your comment is aimed at. I think you might need to explain what "myopic" means. it was very shortsighted of you. scottyh
  • Score: -2

12:33pm Thu 22 Aug 13

DarrenM says...

since when was it their job to educate? I thought that was the job of teachers?
since when was it their job to educate? I thought that was the job of teachers? DarrenM
  • Score: -1

12:45pm Thu 22 Aug 13

wr5resident2 says...

What about the mobile phone users? Couldn't they set up a camera on the Worcester Southern Link road to catch them taking advantage of the slow moving traffic to send that text?
What about the mobile phone users? Couldn't they set up a camera on the Worcester Southern Link road to catch them taking advantage of the slow moving traffic to send that text? wr5resident2
  • Score: 3

1:01pm Thu 22 Aug 13

pinkfluff says...

Ronnie6704 wrote:
I think it's more about making drivers thinking twice than the Lolice doing their job! Prevention better than cure?
which could also help save a life imo.
[quote][p][bold]Ronnie6704[/bold] wrote: I think it's more about making drivers thinking twice than the Lolice doing their job! Prevention better than cure?[/p][/quote]which could also help save a life imo. pinkfluff
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Thu 22 Aug 13

Hillbilly1 says...

The Worcester public are well aware of the definition of the word myopic scottyh! we are not obtuse. Sure the police can educate, but what they can't do is "hesitate to arrest" drink drivers. There are no grounds in law for any hesitation in arresting someone caught drink driving.
Education will not stop a drunk driver, by then its too late, he/she is drunk , and is driving! There should be far more roadside checks set up to look out for drink drivers, and not just at Xmas. 30 years of driving, doing 20,000 miles or so a year, and I've never been pulled over to be random breath tested. I'd welcome it, and if I was over the limit, there should be no hesitation in arresting me.
The Worcester public are well aware of the definition of the word myopic scottyh! we are not obtuse. Sure the police can educate, but what they can't do is "hesitate to arrest" drink drivers. There are no grounds in law for any hesitation in arresting someone caught drink driving. Education will not stop a drunk driver, by then its too late, he/she is drunk , and is driving! There should be far more roadside checks set up to look out for drink drivers, and not just at Xmas. 30 years of driving, doing 20,000 miles or so a year, and I've never been pulled over to be random breath tested. I'd welcome it, and if I was over the limit, there should be no hesitation in arresting me. Hillbilly1
  • Score: 0

6:22pm Thu 22 Aug 13

MJI says...

Hillbilly1 wrote:
The Worcester public are well aware of the definition of the word myopic scottyh! we are not obtuse. Sure the police can educate, but what they can't do is "hesitate to arrest" drink drivers. There are no grounds in law for any hesitation in arresting someone caught drink driving.
Education will not stop a drunk driver, by then its too late, he/she is drunk , and is driving! There should be far more roadside checks set up to look out for drink drivers, and not just at Xmas. 30 years of driving, doing 20,000 miles or so a year, and I've never been pulled over to be random breath tested. I'd welcome it, and if I was over the limit, there should be no hesitation in arresting me.
There is no such thing as random breath testing, they need a suspicion, eg. silly driving, light out, a crash, driving DEAD on the limit, swerving.

I have been breathtested on a few occasions, only once not completely clear result and that was you are OK, been drinking but not much.

They do check if you do something you should not do and they do arrest people, I did not mind being checked, I did say it was a waste of time, but catching the **** heads who drink too much, good on the Police.

Reasons I have been stopped, a small wheelspin on a greasy road pulling away, a spot check for a drunk driver, document checks,

Stopped quite a few times as late at night being the driver, and yes I drunk a bit, but only a pint, rest of time, lemonade. As to panicers and people who instantly say you should never drink any alcohol then drive, how come apart from once no sign of any alcohol.

But people like me who would have the one pint and know that was it, are being lumped in with people who will drink 4, 5 or more pints then drive. I have heard of people drinking so much that they had to follow the line in the middle of the road and when I said why not call the Police they were shocked I suggested that. BTW that person is now dead so one less danger on the road.
[quote][p][bold]Hillbilly1[/bold] wrote: The Worcester public are well aware of the definition of the word myopic scottyh! we are not obtuse. Sure the police can educate, but what they can't do is "hesitate to arrest" drink drivers. There are no grounds in law for any hesitation in arresting someone caught drink driving. Education will not stop a drunk driver, by then its too late, he/she is drunk , and is driving! There should be far more roadside checks set up to look out for drink drivers, and not just at Xmas. 30 years of driving, doing 20,000 miles or so a year, and I've never been pulled over to be random breath tested. I'd welcome it, and if I was over the limit, there should be no hesitation in arresting me.[/p][/quote]There is no such thing as random breath testing, they need a suspicion, eg. silly driving, light out, a crash, driving DEAD on the limit, swerving. I have been breathtested on a few occasions, only once not completely clear result and that was you are OK, been drinking but not much. They do check if you do something you should not do and they do arrest people, I did not mind being checked, I did say it was a waste of time, but catching the **** heads who drink too much, good on the Police. Reasons I have been stopped, a small wheelspin on a greasy road pulling away, a spot check for a drunk driver, document checks, Stopped quite a few times as late at night being the driver, and yes I drunk a bit, but only a pint, rest of time, lemonade. As to panicers and people who instantly say you should never drink any alcohol then drive, how come apart from once no sign of any alcohol. But people like me who would have the one pint and know that was it, are being lumped in with people who will drink 4, 5 or more pints then drive. I have heard of people drinking so much that they had to follow the line in the middle of the road and when I said why not call the Police they were shocked I suggested that. BTW that person is now dead so one less danger on the road. MJI
  • Score: 0

8:40pm Thu 22 Aug 13

DarrenM says...

Did someone seriously OK that press release and then include an arrest for drunk in charge of a pedal cycle at the end and assume they wouldn't look totally pathetic ?
Did someone seriously OK that press release and then include an arrest for drunk in charge of a pedal cycle at the end and assume they wouldn't look totally pathetic ? DarrenM
  • Score: 2

9:27am Fri 23 Aug 13

Ronnie6704 says...

Darren - it's funny until that drunk person on a bike swerves all over the road and causes a fatal accident!
Darren - it's funny until that drunk person on a bike swerves all over the road and causes a fatal accident! Ronnie6704
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Mon 26 Aug 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

They let me off with drink driving, I was 5 times the limit. The policeman asked what the hell I was doing driving after that much. I replied " I needed to drive because I was way too p1ssed to walk. He then had a swig of my scotch, we shook hands and went our desperate ways. Bloody nice bloke he was!
They let me off with drink driving, I was 5 times the limit. The policeman asked what the hell I was doing driving after that much. I replied " I needed to drive because I was way too p1ssed to walk. He then had a swig of my scotch, we shook hands and went our desperate ways. Bloody nice bloke he was! notANOTHERbrilliantheadline
  • Score: 1

5:26pm Mon 26 Aug 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Seperate*
Seperate* notANOTHERbrilliantheadline
  • Score: 0

9:58pm Mon 26 Aug 13

The Doosra says...

notANOTHERbrillianth
eadline
wrote:
They let me off with drink driving, I was 5 times the limit. The policeman asked what the hell I was doing driving after that much. I replied " I needed to drive because I was way too p1ssed to walk. He then had a swig of my scotch, we shook hands and went our desperate ways. Bloody nice bloke he was!
Spot the idiot!
[quote][p][bold]notANOTHERbrillianth eadline[/bold] wrote: They let me off with drink driving, I was 5 times the limit. The policeman asked what the hell I was doing driving after that much. I replied " I needed to drive because I was way too p1ssed to walk. He then had a swig of my scotch, we shook hands and went our desperate ways. Bloody nice bloke he was![/p][/quote]Spot the idiot! The Doosra
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Tue 27 Aug 13

Laurie Ward says...

notANOTHERbrillianth
eadline
wrote:
Seperate*
Separate*
[quote][p][bold]notANOTHERbrillianth eadline[/bold] wrote: Seperate*[/p][/quote]Separate* Laurie Ward
  • Score: 0

2:00pm Tue 27 Aug 13

MJI says...

The Doosra wrote:
notANOTHERbrillianth

eadline
wrote:
They let me off with drink driving, I was 5 times the limit. The policeman asked what the hell I was doing driving after that much. I replied " I needed to drive because I was way too p1ssed to walk. He then had a swig of my scotch, we shook hands and went our desperate ways. Bloody nice bloke he was!
Spot the idiot!
Sense of humour failure - it was a joke!
[quote][p][bold]The Doosra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notANOTHERbrillianth eadline[/bold] wrote: They let me off with drink driving, I was 5 times the limit. The policeman asked what the hell I was doing driving after that much. I replied " I needed to drive because I was way too p1ssed to walk. He then had a swig of my scotch, we shook hands and went our desperate ways. Bloody nice bloke he was![/p][/quote]Spot the idiot![/p][/quote]Sense of humour failure - it was a joke! MJI
  • Score: -1

5:09pm Tue 27 Aug 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

People don't have a sense of humour on here. And yes, I did spell that wrong- iphone keypad.. I'm quite surprised that there hasn't been someone ringing the police to report it.
People don't have a sense of humour on here. And yes, I did spell that wrong- iphone keypad.. I'm quite surprised that there hasn't been someone ringing the police to report it. notANOTHERbrilliantheadline
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Tue 27 Aug 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

The Doosra wrote:
notANOTHERbrillianth

eadline
wrote:
They let me off with drink driving, I was 5 times the limit. The policeman asked what the hell I was doing driving after that much. I replied " I needed to drive because I was way too p1ssed to walk. He then had a swig of my scotch, we shook hands and went our desperate ways. Bloody nice bloke he was!
Spot the idiot!
You perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]The Doosra[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notANOTHERbrillianth eadline[/bold] wrote: They let me off with drink driving, I was 5 times the limit. The policeman asked what the hell I was doing driving after that much. I replied " I needed to drive because I was way too p1ssed to walk. He then had a swig of my scotch, we shook hands and went our desperate ways. Bloody nice bloke he was![/p][/quote]Spot the idiot![/p][/quote]You perhaps? notANOTHERbrilliantheadline
  • Score: 0

9:58pm Tue 27 Aug 13

Biggles says...

It is surprising how attitudes change over the years.

I couldn't drink & drive if I wanted , even a small amount of alcohol affects me, but I remember back in the 70's, when I first started riding/driving, how you were considered "unlucky" if you were caught.

I think they are trying to do the same with "speeding" now.
It is surprising how attitudes change over the years. I couldn't drink & drive if I wanted , even a small amount of alcohol affects me, but I remember back in the 70's, when I first started riding/driving, how you were considered "unlucky" if you were caught. I think they are trying to do the same with "speeding" now. Biggles
  • Score: 0

7:37am Wed 28 Aug 13

Guy66 says...

notANOTHERbrillianth
eadline
wrote:
People don't have a sense of humour on here. And yes, I did spell that wrong- iphone keypad.. I'm quite surprised that there hasn't been someone ringing the police to report it.
Typical iknob user
[quote][p][bold]notANOTHERbrillianth eadline[/bold] wrote: People don't have a sense of humour on here. And yes, I did spell that wrong- iphone keypad.. I'm quite surprised that there hasn't been someone ringing the police to report it.[/p][/quote]Typical iknob user Guy66
  • Score: 0

1:03pm Wed 28 Aug 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Guy66 wrote:
notANOTHERbrillianth

eadline
wrote:
People don't have a sense of humour on here. And yes, I did spell that wrong- iphone keypad.. I'm quite surprised that there hasn't been someone ringing the police to report it.
Typical iknob user
Uknob!
[quote][p][bold]Guy66[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notANOTHERbrillianth eadline[/bold] wrote: People don't have a sense of humour on here. And yes, I did spell that wrong- iphone keypad.. I'm quite surprised that there hasn't been someone ringing the police to report it.[/p][/quote]Typical iknob user[/p][/quote]Uknob! notANOTHERbrilliantheadline
  • Score: 0

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