Drink-drive campaign launched for summer

Don't drink and drive
Don't drink and drive

POLICE sounded a warning to drink drivers in the borough after announcing plans for a crackdown.

The initiative will see high-profile enforcement activity take place across the county throughout the month of June with a focus on under-25s and daytime drinkers.

There will be checkpoints at key locations where officers will administer drink and drugs tests.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard said: “We know that people like to make the most of the warmer weather in the summer months and this can sometimes lead to more alcohol being consumed.

“We want people to enjoy themselves but to be aware of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“The consequences of drink driving are high – a conviction could mean that you lose your job, home, family and friends. Not only that but you are more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn’t been drinking, potentially resulting in serious injury or even death.”

Following the last campaign in December, it was revealed that police conducted 11,855 breath tests last December, resulting in 413 arrests for drink-driving, including motorists tested the morning after a night out.

Of those, 78 cases involved collisions in which the driver was found to be over the legal limit. A further 34 people were held for driving while under the influence of drugs