Hertfordshire police launch Christmas drink-drive campaign

THE annual Christmas drink-drive clampdown in Hertfordshire has been launched today (Wednesday) by police.

The campaign, which will run until January 1, aims to inform motorists of the consequences of drinking or taking drugs and then getting behind the wheel.

It also serves to warn anyone tempted that if they do drink and drive, they will very likely be caught and arrested.

Officers will be stepping up patrols and on the lookout for any suspicious driving.

They have also been briefed to carry out breath tests or, where relevant, an impairment test, to all motorists involved in any accidents they attend.

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Chief inspector Donna Pierce said: “This is an issue we take very seriously in Hertfordshire

“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.

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“Make sure you enjoy the party season safely.

“If you go out for a drink, arrange a safe way to get home –never be tempted to take the chance that you’re under the legal limit.”

Anyone found guilty of drink or drug-driving will be banned from the roads for at least 12 months, as well as face a fine and/or jail.

* If you know a drink-driver, you can call 0845 33 00 222 and tell police where and when they drink. If you know someone has been drinking and is about to drive, call 999.

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