Drink and drug driving campaign over festive season

A COUNTY-WIDE drink and drug driving campaign launched in Cambridgeshire yesterday (Thursday, December 1).

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

The campaign, which runs 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 Tony Barrios said: “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.

“Our message is clear – if you drive under the influence of drink and drugs, expect to be caught and brought to justice.”

Last year saw the number of people caught driving under the influence of drink and drugs reduced, with 121 people arrested compared to 123 arrests the previous year.

Around 6547 motorists were breath tested during the annual campaign last year as officers conducted daily patrols across the county.

PC Barrios added: “It was good to see last year’s reduction but it is always disappointing to catch people driving under the influence.

“Cambridgeshire Constabulary is committed to reducing the number of drink drivers and we will do all we can to ensure that those over the limit or under the influence of drugs are dealt with.”