Drink drivers in Hampshire to be targeted in festive campaign

IRRESPONSIBLE and dangerous drink and drug drivers will be targeted during a seasonal campaign by the police in a bid to reduce drug and alcohol related traffic collisions and to protect other road users.

Saturday, 1st December 2018, 9:32 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 3:36 am

As part of the Op Holly Christmas campaign, police are encouraging drivers to know '˜It's Not Worth the Risk' and not to drink alcohol and/or take drugs and get behind the wheel. Between December 1 and January 1,  officers will be carrying out breath tests, drug tests and field impairment tests (FIT drug tests) at every opportunity. 

Rob Heard, Road Safety Sergeant for Hampshire and Thames Valley Police said:  '˜I am urging people to plan ahead during the party season.

'˜Think about how you're going to get home and don't forget about the impact alcohol can still have the morning after.

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'˜Our message is simple, don't drink or drug drive it's not worth the risk.'

Sgt Heard added: '˜We'll be running targeted operations across the region to enforce the law on drink and drug driving: you can face a fine of up to £5,000, disqualification for driving, and a long prison sentence.

'˜If you know someone who drink or drug drives you can report them on 101 or via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

'˜Alternatively there is a text number 077814 80999.

'˜If the person is an immediate risk to another we suggest the public call 999.'