Nine arrests in first four days of anti-drink-driving campaign in Lincolnshire
A man was arrested for driving while over the limit just metres away from the official launch of a drug and drink driving awareness campaign.
The motorist, who was stopped at around 9.30am on Tuesday, December 4, was the ninth person to be arrested for the offence since the annual clampdown began just four days earlier.
He was pulled over by police as the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership announced its advice to drivers this winter.
According to the organisation, more people are caught over the limit between 6am and 11am than in the hour before or hour after midnight.
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Twenty-four people have already been killed on Lincolnshire roads in drink and drug-related collisions this year.
John Siddle, communications manager at the partnership, said many people wrongly believe are were fit to drive the morning after drinking.
"Eating more food doesn't help the process, it actually slows down the system," he said.
"Coffee also doesn't have any effect and neither does having a shower.
"The best thing to do is not to drive if you have had a drink the night before."
The man arrested on Tuesday was one of around 30 drivers to be pulled over in just one hour by police, who were monitoring traffic going out of Lincoln past the Grandstand in Carholme Road.
Motorists were stopped if there was a reasonable suspicion they had consumed alcohol or drugs or were committing another a vehicle-related offence.
Mr Siddle said people with an early start should not drink the night before, adding drivers should plan how they get to and from places they will be drinking.
He said the result of being caught could be destructive.
"If you think you have a strong relationship, look at how that would hold up if you are arrested for drink driving," he said.
"If you're banned from driving it's going to affect many areas of your life, such as your job."
Supporting the campaign is a coroner who testified in the inquest into the fatal crash involving Princess Diana and Dodi Fayad.
Robert Forrest, now coroner for South Lincolnshire, said: "Drinking even very small amounts of alcohol along with many prescribed medicines and some medicines you can buy over the counter can be dangerous. Alcohol will multiply the adverse effects that some medicines have on your ability to drive safely."
Detective Inspector Rob Grace, who was at the campaign launch, said it was impossible to gauge how much individuals could drink the night before a night out and be fit to drive the next day. "Any level of alcohol will increase the chances of killing yourself or family members," he said.
Police will be monitoring traffic at random locations and times in certain areas during the winter period to take drink drivers off the road.
A 65-year-old man has been charged with driving a motor vehicle while over the prescribed alcohol limit.