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Brakes to be put on drink driving

4 January 2016

Drink-drivers caught by police could be referred to a course to educate them about the impact of their offences.

From February 2016, the courts can order individuals to take part in our Drink Impaired Drivers’ programme (DIDs) as a requirement of their sentence. The 14-week group-work programme confronts individuals with their drink driving, offers skills for safer driving and helps them to consider the effects of their behaviour on other people.

Courses will start in Surrey in response to the level of drink drive convictions there. We will introduce the programme to other areas later in the year.

Carl Hall, Head of Service (Interventions), said: “DIDs will help people to understand how alcohol affects the body and how it impairs the skills required for driving safely. We’ll help attendees to monitor their drinking patterns and to learn how to avoid situations that might lead to drink driving.”

 

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