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Drink Drivers: Use Of Handcuffs

Volume 568: debated on Monday 29 January 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the allegation (emphasised on posters issued by the Portman Group) that a motorist failing a breathalyser test is handcuffed forthwith is misleading.

The use of handcuffs in any situation is an operational decision for each arresting officer. Handcuffs may be used when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an unrestrained prisoner will use violence against the arresting officer or others; or there are reasonable grounds to believe that the prisoner will escape. Whether reasonable grounds exist will depend on the circumstances of each case. Such situations can arise with drink drivers.