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Issue:- 7 August 2014


A month long drink and drug drive campaign in June reveals that 98% of motorists in Merseyside are driving responsibly. A total of 5,527 drivers were stopped in Merseyside and breath tested. Police also conducted 51 impairment tests on drivers suspected of taking drugs, resulting in 10 arrests. 6 of these were cannabis related. Overall, 124 arrests were made for failing or refusing a breath test (2.1%), which is down from 2.9% in the last Christmas campaign and 2.4% in the last year's summer drink drive campaign.

Chief Inspector John Hogan, Head of Merseyside Police's Roads Policing Department said:- "What these figures show is the determination that Merseyside Police have to deter and detect those drivers who drink and drive and who take drugs and drive. They are very encouraging and I would like to recognise that the vast majority of drivers are responsible road users who are heeding our advice. However, 1 in 50 of those drivers we tested are not and either failed or refused to provide us with a breath specimen. By drinking and driving, people not only risk their own life, but those of their passengers and others on the road. Figures show that the number of drivers failing a breath test after a collision rises to 6.4%. I would like to reassure the public that we will continue to carry out enforcement throughout 2014 and will seek to engage with road users to educate them about the dangers that alcohol and drugs pose."

Merseyside Police is currently taking part in a 3 year trial, using a Drager cannabis testing device in each of their 5 custody suites. The devices, which test for the presence of Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive element of the drug, have the potential to reduce the length of time police officers spend off the streets. In a recent case, a cannabis impaired driver was booked into custody, processed and a blood sample obtained, all within 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Sgt Paul Mountford, the Force Lead on drink and drug driving stated:- "We have invested heavily in training our officers to recognise the signs of drugs in drivers and have consistently achieved good results in campaigns over the past four years. We are well aware of the increasing use of cannabis and the threat that it and other drugs pose to drivers. The Drager devices should further enable us to become more efficient and achieve even better results in the future."

Southport Town And Country Fair is heading back over 23 August to 25 August

THE Southport Town And Country Fair will take place over 23 August to 25 August 2014, at the Leisure Lakes, Mere Brow, PR4 6JX. The event organisers have said that the following events are on Every Day at the fair (unless otherwise stated).

- Main Attraction -

Monday - Jason Smyth's "The Adrenaline Tour" Flying High Quad Bike Jumps

- Other Attractions -

► Animal Racing- Pig Racing and Indian Runner Duck Racing with Honest Joe the Bookie
► Horse Carriage Driving (Sat)
► Shopping Mall & Craft Marquee
► 80 + Trade Stands
► Liverpools very own H+M Dog Display Team (Sun Only)
► Childrens Entertainment
► Fairground, Trampoline
► Side Saddle Demos (Sun)
► Bouncy Castle
► Bug House (Tarantulas, Millipedes, Stick Insects)
► Reptiles, Snakes & Lizards (Reptile House)
► Fun Dog Show - enter your own dog @1pm (Sun only, 1 Free entry in any class)
► Siberian Huskies (Hug a Husky)
► Equestrian Acts
► Dog Tricks Act
► Shetland Ponies
► Racing Pigeon House
► Pig Racing with Fun Betting
► Musical Horses and Ponies
► Northwest Stickmakers
► Alpacas Display - (Mon)
► Donkey Rides (Sat & Sun)
► Gun Dog Demos (demos & Scurry by MereBrow Gun Dogs)
► Air Rifle Shooting - Have a go
► Southport Stamps & Postcards
► Bar & Catering
► Flyball | Scurry
► Ford Side Valve Motorcars (Mon only)
► Ferret Racing
► Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire

Prices are as follows:- Saturday and up to 12pm and Sunday... KIDS GO FREE!  Adult:- £6 - Child:- £2 - Senior/Disabled:- £5 - Family:- £16.  For more information go to:-  or call:- 01704 212734.

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