Warning as drink and drug drivers increase during festive period


Warning as drink and drug drivers increase during festive period

Humberside Police are issuing a warning to motorists this festive season as nearly half of drivers they tested for drugs and alcohol came back positive.

In the first week of this year’s Roads Policing Unit campaign to tackle drink/drug drivers on the roads, 10 of 19 drugs wipes came out positive.

Last Christmas, 159 people were arrested by Humberside Police for drink and drug driving after getting behind the wheel after a heavy night out.

Police are urging passengers, road users and concerned friends not to make any exceptions and to call a cab if they are unable to drive.

Inspector John Rickells said: “Yours or your friends’ one last pint could mean it is someone else’s last Christmas.

“It’s as simple as that. If you are heading out for drinks, make sure you are not driving home. It really can mean the difference between life and death.

“We want people to enjoy themselves, but people still need to be sensible.

“Every year, we still find ourselves having to deal with people who somehow think it’s okay to get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol. Just because somebody may feel ‘fine’ it does not mean they are not over the limit.

“Throughout December, the team will be proactively targeting those who think it’s okay to drive whilst under the influence. We will be carrying out roadside testing for drink driving, and also drug driving which can have the leave the same devastating impact on families.”

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