Scilly incident is not a laughing matter

A police sergeant who breathalysed two men driving golf buggies on the Isles of Scilly has issued a warning that drink-driving is unacceptable whether landlocked or by the sea – whatever the mode of motor vehicle.

During the last 18 months there have been 11 drink-drive arrests in Scilly which has just nine miles of paved roads, moving Sergeant Colin Taylor to post on his Facebook page that drivers seem to have been inspired by the lyrics of pop group Mungo Jerry’s Summertime: “Have a drink, have a drive.” He wrote on the social media site: “Regrettably motorists are still taking their advice.”

The warning follows another golf buggy incident in Scilly. In July, a parking ticket was placed on a hired cart, although police told the driver he was the victim of a malicious fraudster and had been parked legally.

The breathalysed pair, who were stopped at the roadside by Sgt Taylor, were bailed to appear in Exeter in October. By then, the results of their tests will be known.

National data published in July showed that the number of under-25s drink-driving had fallen, although generally there was an upward trend.

The figures drew together the results of a summer crackdown on the offence. Almost 78,000 drivers were stopped and more than 60,000 breath tests completed. Of the tested drivers, 5,085 (8.46 per cent) were positive, failed or refused to be breathalysed. It compared to a figure of 6.45 per cent in 2014.

Among under-25s, the figure fell to 5.97 per cent from 7.5 per cent.

Jeremy Sirrell, Palmers partner and member of the road traffic offences team, said: “These events serve as a reminder that driving while unfit through drink remains a motoring offence, however unusual the circumstance – and can result in disqualification and even prison.

“Palmers can provide specialist advice and representation to anyone facing investigation or prosecution for drink-driving, along with all other types of motoring offence. For more information, please contact us.