Police drink-drive crackdown starts now ahead of summer festivities
MAKE sure you don't make this summer – and especially this celebratory weekend – memorable for the wrong reasons by getting behind the wheel after having a drink.
That's the message from Humberside Police who are today launching their summer drink-drive campaign ahead of the Diamond Jubilee, Olympic and Euro 2012 festivities.
On top of usual police patrols, officers will be targeting and making an example of those under the influence of drink and drugs in a two-month summer campaign.
And police are also calling on you, the public, to report anyone who recklessly gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
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The advice is simple: if you are planning to attend a jubilee celebration, enjoying a couple of pints while cheering on the England squad, or while watching the Olympic Games, make sure you leave the car at home.
The same applies the morning after a night of heavy drinking, as officers will be performing random stop-checks at all times of the day and night.
A spokesman for Humberside Police said anyone driving recklessly, whether under the influence of alcohol or drugs or not, would be stopped and dealt with.
He said: "We are also focusing on illegal drugs, though it is always advisable to check the side-effects on prescription drugs to ensure it won't impair your ability to operate a vehicle.
"Working with the Grimsby Telegraph, we have seen a lot of success with campaigns such as this in the past."
Roads Policing Inspector Paul Sergeant added: "Driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs can significantly impair the ability of any driver, which can often result in severe consequences.
"The role of police officers across Humberside this summer is to educate drivers and change the attitudes of those who think it is OK to use the road after drinking or taking drugs."
Last year, the number of drivers testing positive in the crackdown was branded "alarming" by Humberside Police – with 55 motorists caught out while over the limit – 18 of those aged under 25. Seventeen of the drink-drivers were involved in a collision.
In 2010, 49 drivers tested positive or failed or refused a test, with 13 of those under 25. Seventeen tested positive after being involved in a crash.
However, despite the rise in numbers testing positive, the percentage of drink-drivers was down by four per cent, due to more breath tests being carried out, with under-25s down two per cent and drink-drivers in collisions down four per cent.
Insp Sergeant also called on members of the public to be vigilant in reporting anyone flouting the drink-drive laws to the police.
He said: "I would also like to continue to ask for the public to help support the police in our attempt to crack down on those who drink-drive, by reporting offenders to police.
"Each year people come forward and pass on information which enables officers to catch those who break the law, quickly and efficiently."
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If you believe someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, call Humberside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.