Police to offer breath tests to revellers

POLICE will invite revellers to use breathalysers during pub visits as part of this year’s annual anti drink-drive campaign.

Drink Drive 2013 display
This year's campaign to raise awareness of drink-driving a Christmas includes beer mats, glow-in-the-dark wristbands and multi-lingual posters

POLICE will invite revellers to use breathalysers during pub visits as part of this year’s annual anti drink-drive campaign.

The joint initiative, between Guernsey Police and the Drug and Alcohol Strategy, will also use glow-in-the-dark wristbands, beer mats and multi-lingual posters to help spread the message during the festive season.

It aims to build on the recent success of the campaign, which saw the number of people arrested and charged for drink-driving drop from 13 during the 2011/2012 initiative to 11 last year.

Annual drink-driving arrests also fell last year to 105 drivers, compared to 133 in 2011, 146 in 2010 and 135 in 2009.

Guernsey Police traffic sergeant John Tostevin said that the offence was a particular issue around Christmas.

Comments for: "Police to offer breath tests to revellers"


Such a good idea!! Maybe hit all the pubs round the island more than just in town.

I would be more than happy to do one after a pint

Alfie Marsh Superstar

Please can you print some in patois.


Those days are long gone along with our freedom, big brother is now watching us with speed checks on five different roads at the same time last Sunday, this Island is now a police state.


You mean our freedom to race around in cars drunk, risking the lives of every driver, cyclist or pedestrian we pass, as well as our own? Get a clue.


Sorry your idea of freedom seems to be completely different from mine, maybe we do need the police watching all the time to protect us from the likes of you!

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@ Backchat

I like the freedom of being able to walk or cycle around the island safely with my children without having to worry about the risk of drink drivers. Seems I have a different view of freedom to you too!


What on Earth are you talking about? Why would you need protection from me? You're the one complaining that speed checks exist! How am I a threat to anyone by driving around sober, within the speed limit?

The only way your post makes any sense is if you're an actual anarchist.


@ half a cup

Why do you think I mean the word freedom refers to drink driving?, no its going about my daily life (not breaking the law) without being watched every step of the way.


Well that's good to hear. Unfortunately, not everyone can be trusted to go about their daily life without being a danger to others, but if the failsafe in place just involves driving past a policeman with a radar gun every now and then, what's the problem? Aren't you glad that there are measures in place to keep you safer at absolutely no inconvenience to you?


Do you really believe that Guernsey is a Police state?


Backchat, this is a definition of a "Police State"

A police state is a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive.

The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state.

Taken from Wikipedia


Does this really sound like Guernsey?


Did you look that up all on your own?, do that often then?,

I once knew someone who looked up things on Wikipedia all the time at work because he didn't know how to do his job.

Oh and I hope you know that Wikipedia is not always correct by the way!.


Thanks for the advice on Wikipedia, I was lucky that my Mummy helped me look it up. All I was trying to show you was that Guernsey is FAR from a Police state.


I object to wasting additional public money to have police literature translated into foreign languages. Drink driving is not tolerated anywhere so it will not come as a surprise that it is illegal here. When we go to Spain, Thailand or Poland do we get given details of local laws written in English?, of course not. Similarly, anybody visiting Guernsey needs to be aware of local laws and to obey them - it is their responsibility not ours. What if somebody commits a crime which they haven't been specifically warned about in their own language?, will that be a legal defense?

Is this another instance of Guernsey "me too..." - copying something that happens in Jersey or the UK? Perhaps the Police are targeting specific nationalities as stereotype drink drivers - which some might call 'racism'?

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Good point Beanjar.I wonder who imported that wasteful PC UK idea into the island?

It's just another handy little get out clause to be added to lawyer's compendium of pathetic defences


They should also bring in on the spot fines for certain road offences to save the hassle of going to court , savings all round for the taxpayer


Totally agree, with a points system as well. Similar to UK where too many points and you face a lenghty period off the roads.

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If you're in favour of periods off the roads don't we get that already with 40 in a 25 area first offence rewarded with a £200 fine and a month or two off the road and driving w/o insurance bringing an AUTOMATIC one year minimum off the road?

I would have thought that a points system would be rather soft in comparison


But it also wastes a lot of Police and court time for one infraction. Be far better to hit those that are constantly breaking the Law with a stiffer penalty.


A bit pointless really.

You need to have at least 30 minutes from your last drink to get an accurate reading. The residual alcohol in your mouth and upper digestive tract will always give a positive reading, regardless of the actual alcohol in your blood.

A good way of worrying people though, which is probably a good thing.


Finally we can keep an accurate track of our score during a game of "Drink The Beer" and compete against our friends!


One advantage of being a'foreign driver'who is drunk, if he or she is arrested on suspicion of being over the limit, by the time a translater has been called and the final 'breath test' taken at the Police Station, the perp is now 'under' the legal limit and walks out scot free.