Drivers are still ready to take the risk

SUMMER CAMPAIGN: Roadside breath tests are being stepped up during the barbecue season.
SUMMER CAMPAIGN: Roadside breath tests are being stepped up during the barbecue season.
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Police are arresting more than two people a day for drink-driving in a summer campaign designed to crackdown on barbecue boozers.

Some 43 drivers are destined for Lincolnshire’s courts – and mandatory driving bans – and the campaign only started on June 1.

John Siddle, from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said arrests average at 2.5 per day compared to three for the weeks around Christmas.

But 21 of the arrests came in the first seven days of the campaign, called Operation Blackwater.

Police publicised the campaign before it started and said roadside checks for drink and drugs would be carried out at all hours of the day across the county.

Mr Siddle said: “There’s still a significant number of people out there who are willing to risk this.

“These people are not low-life criminals and would not commit a crime in any other way but suddenly they think it’s OK to drink and drive.”

He said most people these days believe it is socially unacceptable to drink-drive.

He said it’s an easy offence for members of the public to report because they only have to call the police and the police do the rest.

“All they have to do is ring the right number and it will be done for them,” he said.

“It’s not as if they have to stand up in court.”

As well as carrying out breath tests, trained officers are also focusing on drug users.

Anyone suspected of taking drugs must carry out field impairment tests involving things such as walking in a straight line or counting for 30 seconds with their eyes closed.

That test can be followed by blood tests at a police station.