Police in Lincolnshire are joining a national campaign this month aimed at driving drunk and drugged motorists off the county’s roads.
Four police forces in the East Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, are teaming up to warn drivers who abuse alcohol and drugs at the same time as getting behind the steering wheel of a vehicle that then are unwelcome on the region’s roads.
The hard-hitting message comes at the start of the police’s annual Christmas drug and drink-drive campaign which, last year, saw 71 drivers being arrested for providing a positive breath test or for failing to provide a test.
Chief Insp Phil Vickers of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) said: “Officers across the East Midlands will be conducting enforcement activity with the mission of catching unfit, unsafe drivers.
“Drink or drug driving is never worth the risk to yourself and to other road users.
“But you also face the very real risk of being caught and our message to those who might think they are okay and will get away with it is you won’t.”
Police are using breathalyzers and drug wipes, activated by saliva, which can detect alcohol or drugs in the human body in as little as three minutes.
Nationally last year, nearly 134,000 drivers underwent roadside breath and drug tests with a failure rate of more than four per cent and penalties which included a minimum 12-month ban, fine and up to six months in prison, as well as a criminal record.
Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, lead officer on roads policing for the National Police Chiefs Council and Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary, said: “The impact of drink or drug driving can be devastating so police forces are committed to keeping our roads safe.
“Changes to the drink and drug driving laws mean that, this Christmas, we are better equipped than ever to catch intoxicated drivers.
Drink or drug driving is never worth the risk to yourself or other road users and you face the very real risk of being caughtChief Insp Phil Vickers of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS)
”But now potential drug drivers also need to remember that officers will be proactively patrolling to stop, arrest and convict those who are under the influence.
“Our focus is on catching those who break the law and put lives in danger so we are urging drivers to be responsible and think twice before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
“Drink or drug driving is a selfish decision that can ruin your life or someone else’s and police forces are committed to keeping the roads safe for everyone this Christmas.
“Our message is clear on drink and drug driving - don’t take the risk.”