Drink & Drug Drivers Targeted

Irresponsible and dangerous drink and drug drivers are to be targeted in a fortnight-long campaign across the Thames Valley and Hampshire.

Over the next two weeks (until 9 August), Police in Thames Valley and Hampshire will be cracking down on drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Officers from the Roads Policing Joint Operations Unit will be conducting drink and drug focused operational patrols throughout the day and night across both force areas, and will be testing all drivers involved in a collision.

Road Safety Sergeant Scott Kerr, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit said:

“We’re reminding people of the devastating physical and emotional damage drug and drink driving brings to families. Too many people are still taking the risk to drive whilst impaired. These people not only put themselves at risk, but all those who are innocently going about their daily business. We are dedicated to protect all the law abiding road users and prosecute offenders.”

Police in the area report that in 2020, 807 people have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  For a period of time when the country was in lockdown, Police believe that this shows just how serious the problem is.  Sergeant Kerr continues:

“We will be using drug wipes by conducting a roadside drug test if we suspect someone may be impaired by drugs, as well as the ability to breathalyse.  Receiving a conviction for drink or drug driving ruins lives. If you are caught in control of any motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or drink, means you could face a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and could even lose your job. Please remember It’s not worth the risk.”

In an attempt to reach more wrongdoers, Police are even encouraging the public to report anyone they know who drives whilst under the influence with ‘as much information as possible.’  This could be someone known to break the rules regularly, or someone who is driving and is an immediate risk to themselves or the public.

Report can be made by calling101 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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