St Helena Police are currently running an Easter Road Safety Campaign – ‘Some Bunny Loves You’ – to educate drivers and the public on the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and raise awareness of the effects of alcohol. The campaign will run until Tuesday, 30 April 2019.
At present, there are 32 people on the Island disqualified from driving after being convicted of drink-drive offences. The prescribed limits on St Helena can be found in the Road Traffic Ordinance, CAP 101. It is an offence for any person to drive, attempt to drive or be in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of alcohol in their breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit.
A Police Officer may request a breath test from a person whom they have reasonable cause to suspect was driving or in charge of a vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit or was driving or in charge of a vehicle when the vehicle was involved in a road traffic accident. Failing or refusing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis without reasonable cause in such circumstances is also a criminal offence.
Police Sergeant Michelle Thomas-Lawrence said:
“Drunk drivers are not just putting their own lives at risk but also the lives of other road users, whether they are other drivers, passengers or pedestrians.
“If you are going to drink, you do not need to drive. Get a lift with someone else or use a local taxi company. A £5 or £10 taxi fare is cheaper than a fine and losing your licence.
“Remember to have safe roads, we need safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe people.”
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10 April 2019