Roadside checks

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Police are stepping up roadside breath tests to put a stop to drink-drivers who have had have one too many for the road.

John Siddle, from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, says the new crackdown coincides with the barbecue season – and is urging people to get a lift home rather than try to calculate whether they are safe to drive.

He said: “When people are enjoying the summer barbecues, we ask you to make provision to travel by nominating a designated driver or pre-arranging a taxi home.

“Although people will say they are okay to drive, it is almost impossible to calculate accurately whether they are.

“It cannot be calculated so it is pointless even trying.

“In the past year in Lincolnshire, five people have died in more than 80 drink-related collisions and more than 120 people have been injured.

“Some have suffered serious and often life-changing injuries where drink or drugs were a contributory factor.”

Police will carry out breath tests during the early morning, evening and at night.

And field impairment tests will be conducted to catch out drug users.