Almost 200 breath tests in one weekend as part of #RU2drunk

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(Last Updated On: December 11, 2014)

Last weekend in Torquay, 197 breath tests were made at pubs and clubs and 65 people were refused entry for already being drunk.

“I’m really pleased with the way the licensed trade in and around the harbour side have bought into the scheme. The level of co-operation shown by them and the door staff has been tremendous” said Torquay’s Chief Inspector Neil Ralph.

“Some of the 65 people refused entry may well have gone onto cause trouble or be vulnerable themselves due to their high levels of intoxication. By ensuring they had nothing further to drink, both them and members of the public have been safeguarded” he added.

The highest recorded reading taken over the weekend was a man who gave a reading of 173ugs/100ml of breath; five times over the drink drive limit of 35ugs/100ml of breath.

“If he had been allowed entry, he most probably would have consumed even more alcohol and potentially been hospitalised had it not been for the skills of the door staff in utilising the breath test equipment to refuse him entry.”

#RU2drunk has attracted much debate on social media sites, with most people supporting the campaign which sees every pub and club in Torquay being equipped with a breathalyser to use for those they suspect are already drunk.

The #RU2drunk campaign began on Monday 1st December and will continue throughout the month.

#RU2drunk is a joint scheme between police and licensees and is running at 23 of the resorts busiest pubs, clubs and bars. It aims at reducing the amount of alcohol related crime.

Funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg and backed by licensees, #RU2DRUNK allows door staff using breathalysers to breathalyse any customers they think may be too drunk to gain entry.

#RU2drunk has attracted much debate on social media sites, with most people supporting the campaign which sees every pub and club in Torquay being equipped with a breathalyser to use for those they suspect are already drunk.

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