Posted on 6th November 2014
Police in Glossop have been heading out on the beat as part of an operation to highlight the dangers of binge drinking.
Officers have been teaming up with the High Peak Council Licensing Team to carry out voluntary breath tests to drinkers as they headed out to bars and clubs in Glossop Town Centre.
The Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team visited Norfolk Square on Friday, October 31 to help raise awareness and educate the public on safe and responsible drinking.
The initiative took place as part of Operation Cassidy which is set to run over the next three months to combat anti-social behaviour caused through alcohol consumption.
Sergeant Trevor Steed, who is responsible for Safer Neighbourhood policing in Glossop, said: “Surprisingly it was a pretty quiet night in the town centre, however we did carry out around 30 voluntary breath tests on members of the public to see how long it would be before they would be legal to drive.
“The highest result was from a man who provided a reading of 136, nearly 4 times the limit, meaning that he’d still be well over the limit at 10am on Saturday morning.
“I hope that this encourages members of the public to think carefully about the amount of alcohol that they have consumed on a night out before getting behind the wheel.
“As this result has shown, alcohol may still be in your system the next morning, so don’t put yourself or others’ lives at risk. The message is simple, don’t drink and drive.”
Sergeant Phil Bateman from the Police Licensing Unit added: “The exercise was all about raising awareness of the issues of over consumption of alcohol, and it seemed to be well received my members of the public.
“We offered advice on how to drink safely and responsibly, along with information around the dangers of binge drinking and alcohol units.
“Campaigns like this are especially important in the run up to Christmas where many people are invited to social events where alcohol is involved. We want residents in the area to enjoy their nights out but to do so safely and responsibly.”
Bottles of water, which were donated by Nestle, were also handed out to the public during the event.
To speak to the Glossop Town Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.