Christmas crackdown on drink drivers

Guardian News
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Christmas is coming and South Yorkshire Police are launching their drink drive campaign.

Throughout December the campaign will remind drivers of the dangers and consequences of drink driving.

It is part of a national crackdown by the Association of Chief Police Officers, which aims to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads by drink drivers.

Over the next month, police will be breath testing drivers who commit a moving traffic offence, following a collision or if the officer suspects the driver may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs as usual.

But road traffic officers will also be conducting checks inviting members of the public to take a breath test to reinforce the message, don’t drink and drive.

Chief Inspector for roads policing Stuart Walne said: “Christmas is the time when families get together and everyone should play their part in not destroying the happiness that brings. Drink driving causes collisions and kills people. It is an all year round issue that takes on a special relevance and poignancy at this time of year.”

The force will be conducting roadside tests throughout the day at a number of locations - not just at pub closing times.

“If you have been out drinking at night you must be aware that you could still be over the limit the morning afterwards and may still not be in full control of your car,” said Chief Insp Walne.

“Working as a key member of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, our voluntary breath testing scheme will raise awareness of drink driving issues and encourage law abiding motorists to help us identify those who regularly drink and drive.”

“Our aim is that police enforcement and the Start Thinking, Reduce Your Drinking campaign will remind drivers that drinking and driving wrecks lives and will not be tolerated.”

“If you know someone that regularly drives whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol I would urge you to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”