THAMES VALLEY COMMUNITY MESSAGING - Slough - C-12/003

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Van driver assaulted - Slough

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to an incident in Chalvey, Slough, on 25 November.

At about 4.10pm, the driver of a white VW flat-bed van stopped at a zebra crossing in Chalvey Road West, near the junction with King Edward Street. The driver became involved in an altercation with a group of youths, during which he was assaulted. Wooden stakes were taken from the back of the van and may have been used in the assault.

The driver sustained a facial injury, but declined medical treatment at the time.

PC Robert Leamon, who is investigating the incident, said: "The area was full of pedestrians and car drivers at the time, and I would appeal for anyone who saw what happened to come forward and assist with our investigation."

PC Leamon can be contacted on 0845 8 505 505. If you don't want to speak to police or give your name, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
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Christmas crackdown on drink driving.

Thames Valley Police launches its annual Christmas drink drive campaign today (1/12).

The month-long campaign is part of a national crackdown, supported by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), aimed at reducing the numbers of drink drivers on our roads.

The campaign aims to convince all drivers that a drink drive conviction has the potential to ruin their life by highlighting a mixture of the legal and personal consequences. It will be particularly aimed at 17-29 year-old men as research shows they are more likely to drive when over the legal limit or when unsure if they're over the legal limit. Figures also show young men are more likely to become casualties or lose their lives as a result of drink driving.

All drivers who provide a positive breath test or face a field impairment test to determine whether they have been using drugs, refuse to provide or fail to provide, face losing their licence for at least 12 months. They could go to prison for six months or pay a fine of up to £5,000.

During last year's campaign 2,928 drivers were breathalysed or given field impairment tests and 299 drivers (10.2 per cent of those tested) provided a positive result. This was down slightly from last year's (2007) results where 2,172 drivers were breathalysed and 300 drivers (13.8 per cent of those tested) provided positive results.

Supt Rob Povey, of Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Department said: "We must reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads. This figure has been falling over the last few years, but drink driving is still a major cause of these collisions. We can only achieve this with the help of drivers acting responsibly. Provisional figures show that 75 people have lost their lives on the roads of Thames Valley so far this year, which is a tragic loss to the many families and friends of those involved."

"Research carried out by the DfT under their Think! campaign shows that young men are really not getting the message over drink driving and we hope that by warning them of the consequences they will face if they are caught, we can stop them taking those risks."

"People who drink and drive put themselves, and other road-users at risk. If you know someone is drinking and driving, report them to police or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111."

"This is not just a seasonal problem over Christmas, drinking and driving happens all year round. We carry out roadside breath tests throughout the year and will test every driver involved in collisions regardless of the time of day and whether they have been drinking or not.  The message is simple, if you have been drinking - don't drive."
 

 

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