Local authorities in Essex using CCTV to tackle drink driving

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CCTV operators in Essex will keep an eye out on local pubs in order to prevent drink driving over the festive season, a brand new media report has revealed.

Beside focusing more on public houses, police forces will also make full use of automatic number plate recognition cameras to pick out vehicles belonging to previous offenders, so they can be stopped and checked, while in the same time asking bar staff and the public to report anyone they think is drink-driving.

The campaign by Essex police is already quite successful. Last year, 3,263 people were breathalysed in Essex in December and 126 were found to be over the limit. This year, the first ten days of December saw 1,271 people stopped and tested and 35 found to be over the limit.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s casualty reduction manager, said: “Drink-driving is taking a risk, not only with your own life, but those of your passengers and other innocent people on the road.

“It can result in a criminal record, the loss your driving licence, or a fine of as much as £5,000. If you kill or injure someone you could face as long as 14 years in prison.

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