The BBC 'Spotlight' southwest regional news programme last night (14 Dec) showed a simulated road traffic accident at RAF St Mawgan, as part of an anti-drink-driving campaign. I notice that similar campaigns have been held at other military units, at home and overseas. During the report, the RAF Police administered a roadside breath test. This was obviously for the benefit of the cameras, because although the Service Police can administer breath tests in BFG and BFC, there is no legal provision for the Service Police or CivPol to carry out a breath test in respect of drivers 'behind the wire' on military units in the UK. This is because a road on a military unit, where access is restricted, is not classed as a 'road' under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Although driving whilst under the infuence of drink on UK military units is generally a "standing orders" offence, it can only be proved with complicated medical 'back-tracking' evidence, which relies on a witness (or the driver himself!) giving evidence of how much the driver has had to drink, over a given period. No sample (breath, blood or urine) can be taken or used in evidence. Even in the event of a successful prosecution arising from such poor evidence, there is no power for a driver to be banned fom driving, either under summary proceedings or at court martial (this includes in BFC and BFG). The position regarding civilians is even more absurd. If you are not subject to service law, you can drink and drive on a military unit with complete impunity. Frankly, it is a bit of a joke for military units to be holding anti-drink-driving campaigns, while the services justice system has no effective measures for dealing with suspected drink-driving offences or for punishing those who are proved to have committed such offences. The new Armed Forces Bill, which proposes sweeping changes to the military justice system, contains no provision for dealing with drink-driving offences. Almost 40 years after the breathalyser was introduced to the UK, the message to our armed forces is very clear: You are free to drink and drive on military units.