Festive Drink Drive Campaign 2015
MERSEYSIDE Police on Tuesday, 1
December 2015, launched its Christmas drink and drug driving campaign.
Officers from the roads policing unit will be stepping up patrols throughout
the month long campaign, which runs until Friday, 1 January 2015. They will
be paying particular attention to hotspot areas in the evenings and early in
the morning, to target those who are risking driving the morning after
drinking or taking drugs the night before.
The aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of road deaths and serious
injuries on the roads of Merseyside and to raise the awareness of the
dangers around driving while over the prescribed limit or impaired through
drugs. Sergeant Paul Mountford, of Merseyside Police's Roads Policing
Unit, said:- "The numbers of people drink driving is falling and it
has become socially unacceptable to do so. However, new drug drive laws
introduced earlier this year have highlighted the prevalence of drug use
among people who drive. Drug testing is now routine at the roadside in
Merseyside and cannabis and cocaine are the two most common drugs used by
drivers arrested in Merseyside. We have a very high detection rate in these
cases of 98%. I would also warn people about the risks of using
medicinal drugs, particularly at this time of year with the advent of colder
weather. Always read the instructions on the packaging or speak to your GP
or chemist. Taking certain medicines with alcohol can severely affect a
person’s driving and if the label says:- “do not
operate machinery”, that means do not drive. Drugs do affect an
individual’s driving ability and judgement in exactly the same way as
alcohol and are a factor in around 25% of all collisions. People who drive
at twice the current legal alcohol level are at least 50 times more likely
to be involved in a fatal collision. Therefore, as well as roadside breath
tests, officers will be undertaking drug impairment tests. We will also be
looking at the issue of people arriving at Liverpool airport and driving
after drinking during their flight, and as part of this campaign we will be
testing drivers leaving Liverpool John Lennon Airport to make sure people
are not taking that risk. Our message to drivers is not to drink or take
drugs and then drive, just simply pre-plan your evenings out, use public
transport or have a designated non-drinking driver. And don’t offer a drink
to someone who is planning to drive. We are all entitled to use the
roads safely, be it driving, walking, or cycling. Drink and drug driving
accounts for hundreds of lives every year in the UK. If you know or suspect
that someone is drink or drug driving, report them anonymously via
Crimestoppers. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Play your part!"
During last year’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign, officers
carried out 8,203 breath tests in Merseyside. A total of 206 drivers failed
the test and were arrested. During the same period, 231 drug impairment and
drug tests were carried out, with 64 drivers being arrested.
Chief Inspector John Hogan, Head of MSOC Roads Policing said:- "While
the number of drivers arrested in Merseyside is significantly lower than the
national average, there are still those that ignore our warnings and place
themselves and others at risk. We would urge everyone to take on board our
simple, key messages this Christmas; avoid alcohol if driving, if in doubt
the ‘morning after’, do not drive. Think about the effects a drink or
drug driving conviction will have on you and your family. Do not think that
you will not get caught. Our officers will be conducting roadside tests
morning, afternoon and evening and arrest countless drivers every month.
Don’t chance it; if you’re driving, it’s better to have none for the road."
Any driver involved in a road traffic collision, or who commits any traffic
offence, can expect to be breathalysed and may be required to perform an
impairment test. Since April 2015, drivers can no longer request a blood or
urine specimen when their breath sample is less than 51 mgs/100 mls (the
legal limit is 35mgs/100mls). Should they fail these tests the penalties can
Did you know that....???
There are strict alcohol limits for UK
drivers, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the legal alcohol limit for
► 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath
► 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
► 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine
However it is not possible to say how much alcohol you can drink and stay
below the limit. The way alcohol affects you depends on:-
► Your weight, age, sex and metabolism (the rate your body uses energy).
► The type and amount of alcohol you’re drinking.
► What you’ve eaten recently.
► Your stress levels at the time.
There are strict penalties if you are convicted of drink driving,
► A minimum 12 month driving ban.
► A criminal record!
► Up to £5,000 fine!
► Up to 6 months in prison!!!
► An endorsement on your licence for 11 years...!
However, this list does not reflect the everyday consequences of being
caught drink driving which can include:-
► Increase in car insurance costs.
► Job loss.
► Trouble getting in to countries like the USA.
► The shame of having a criminal record.
► Loss of independence.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculate that a drink drive conviction
could cost between £20,000 to £50,000 as a result of fines, solicitors fees,
increase in car insurance and loss of job....
Goes Crackers for The Girls at Leeds Grand Theatre 2015!"
Review by Jo
Yorkshire Goes Crackers for The Girls at Leeds Grand
Photograph above is by Matt
Girls officially opened in the Leeds
Grand Theatre, on Tuesday, 1 December 2015, and what a show that was. This
most anticipated of musicals was written by
Firth, who wrote the original
Girls, 12 years ago, that was 1st made
film, and then 5 years later as a stage
play. The audience was treated to a fun filled evening, as well
as Gary joining cast on stage at the end to perform as a special treat, then
being introduced to the original Calendar
Girls as they also joined the cast on
stage. It was a special night indeed, with a well deserved standing
The story introduces us to a group of women from the Rylstone and District
Women's Institute. We gradually get to know and bond with the characters
their quirky personalities and their everyday life. Although this is a very
funny musical the story itself is actually quite sad. It is hard not to get
emotional at times as we go on the journey with Annie (Joanna Riding) as her
husband is diagnosed with cancer having never had a days illness in his
life, the subsequent treatment and his eventual death. However, there are
some very funny moments during this time as well, especially, when Annie's
good friend Chris (Claire Moore) bursts onto the stage in a wheelchair that
she had found shouting:- "you will not believe how fast I have just
In the 2nd ½ of the show we have Chris coming up with the idea to raise
money for a new couch at the hospital where John was treated, which is of
course is the now famous 'nude calendar'. We then go on a journey with each of the ladies who are
to participate and their inner struggles, as well as dealing with opposition
from Marie (Harriet Thorpe) forcing them to travel to London to seek
permission from the Women's Institute headquarters, this takes us up to the
moment where each of them derobe in turn and strike their pose. I have to
admit I thought these ladies were very brave to go on stage in front of
hundreds of people and get naked.
The characters are strong and funny, it is hard not to lose yourself in the
show and share/feel their joy and pain. We are taken on a journey where the
laughter is almost non stop as well as shedding a few tears as well as
ultimately friendship overcoming diversity. The set design by Robert Jones
was clever and innovative, using boxes, drawers and wardrobes.
A brilliantly funny musical that is an absolute must see. The show is on in
Leeds until the 12 December 2015, before opening at The Lowry on 8 January
2016. After that that show heads to the
West End, where there is no doubt that this will be another huge success for
both Tim and Gary.
The show runs at:-
Theatre until 12 December 2015. Tickets
can be obtained via calling:- 0844 848 2700.
The show will then move to the
Lowry Manchester, running over 8
January to 30 January 2015. Tickets can be obtained via:- 0843 208 6000.
Photographs below by