Hertfordshire police launch anti-drink driving Christmas campaign

PUBLISHED: 14:09 01 December 2011

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary

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A MONTH-LONG campaign cracking down on drink and drug driving over the Christmas period has been launched by Hertfordshire police today (Thursday).

"Any amount of alcohol affects your reactions, and not only could you ruin your Christmas, lose your license and even your job, you could seriously injure or kill yourself, someone close to you or somebody else’s loved one."

Chief inspector Donna Pierce

In partnership with officers from Bedfordshire, police will carry out breath tests on all drivers involved in road collisions and, where necessary, Field Impairment Tests – an examination of the pupils plus four physical tests which indicate whether a person’s driving ability is impaired.

They will also be on the lookout for any suspicious driving and stepping up stop and checks on anyone suspected of committing a driving offence, as part of usual patrols.

Police are also working with the Crown Prosecution Service to expedite drink drive cases to court during the campaign, which could mean those found guilty could lose their licence before Christmas.

The aim of the campaign, which runs until January 1, is to inform motorists of the consequences of drinking or taking drugs and then getting behind the wheel.

It also serves to warn anyone drink driving is likely to be arrested.

Chief inspector Donna Pierce, from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire road policing strategic unit, said: “This is an issue we take very seriously.

“Last year’s campaign saw an increase in those arrested for driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs – anyone tempted to do so this year can rest assured they will be targeted by officers in the same way.

“Never be tempted to take the chance that you’re under the legal limit.

“ Any amount of alcohol affects your reactions, and not only could you ruin your Christmas, lose your license and even your job, you could seriously injure or kill yourself, someone close to you or somebody else’s loved one.”

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