Christmas drink drive campaign launches

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Officers will be cracking down on drink and drug driving as part of a county-wide campaign.

Drivers are being urged to think of the consequences of driving under the influence over the Christmas period.

The campaign, which will begin on Saturday (December 1) and run until January 1, will see stop checks across the county to breath test drivers and carry out Field Impairment Tests to check whether drivers are under the influence of drugs.

Traffic officers will be out in force to clamp down on anyone caught over the limit.

Casualty reduction officer PC Steve Gedny said: “Our message is clear – if you drive under the influence of drink and drugs, expect to be caught, it is wreckless and irresponsible.

“We tackle drink driving throughout the year, but over the next few weeks drivers should expect a highly visible police presence on the county’s roads as we target those who drive under the influence.”

Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, Councillor Tony Orgee said: “Drink driving is an all year round problem, but the temptations can be greater during the festive period. If people intend to use their car they should either avoid alcohol or identify a nominated driver who will ensure they get home safe and sound. There is no excuse for drink driving.”

Last year saw the number of people caught driving under the influence increase, with 1181 people arrested compared to 1133 arrests the previous year.

Councillor Irene Walsh, Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion and Safety for Peterborough City Council, said: “Drink-drive incidents occur all year round but there is a clear increase over the Christmas period when many people go out after work for pre-Christmas drinks, parties and celebrations.

“We want people to go out and enjoy themselves throughout the festive season, however I must stress there is absolutely no excuse for drink driving and no failsafe guide as to how to stay under the legal alcohol limit.”