Stay safe on the roads
Report drink and drug drivers
PEOPLE use a new confidential hotline to report drink drivers and those under the influence of drugs.
Using the 0800 032 0845 number, which is available 24/7, people can supply police with information about drink drivers.
When calling the number people will be asked to provide as much information as possible about the driver, including:
- Name of the driver
- Make, colour and index number of the vehicle
The number launched on June 1 to coincide with the force's summer drink and drug drive enforcement campaign. The campaign runs until the end of June, while the confidential hotline will be piloted for three-months.
Drink driving - The law
What can happen if you are caught driving under the influence?
- A maximum of six months imprisonment
- A fine of up to £5000
- Loss of your licence for a minimum of one year
- A criminal record
Drink driving - the limits
The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and 107 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.
It is impossible to calculate exactly how much a person can drink before being over the limit as it depends on the individual.
The safest thing to do is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive.
How do you test for drivers you suspect are under the influence of drugs
The Field Impairment Test is a test made up of five exercises to establish whether a person driving is under the influence of drugs. The exercises include pupil examinations as well as co-ordination tasks.