Hertfordshire police launch summer drink-drive clampdown

DRINK-DRIVERS are to be targeted this month in Hertfordshire Constabulary’s annual summer clampdown.

The campaign starts today (Wednesday) and runs throughout June.

Officers on patrol will carry out breath tests to all motorists involved in any road accident they attend, and will be on the lookout for any suspicious driving.

Last year, 125 people – or 18 per cent of those stopped – were arrested for testing positive or failing to take a breathlyser test.

Chief inspector Donna Pierce said: “With the warmer weather comes barbecues, parties and days out in the sunshine, but it’s important this relaxed atmosphere does not extend to people’s attitudes towards drinking and driving.

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

“Our message is drink or drug driving won’t be tolerated in Hertfordshire. If you want to enjoy a drink this summer, make sure you arrange a safe way to get home.

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

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

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