Hampshire Police launch summer drink-drive crackdown

Police have announced their summer drink-driving campaign
Police have announced their summer drink-driving campaign

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DRINK and drug-drivers are being warned: ‘You have nowhere to hide and we will catch you’.

The stern message from Hampshire Constabulary comes as the force launches its summer campaign today to target drink and drug-drivers.

Officers will be doing roadside operations throughout the day and night.

Extra patrols will be drafted in specifically to breath-test and educate drivers.

And operations, brought about through information from members of the public, will be staged to catch offenders.

The aim for this year’s campaign is to carry out a breath test and a field impairment test at every opportunity.

Every driver involved in a collision will be breathalysed.

Sergeant Rob Heard, the road safety lead for the constabulary, said: ‘It’s not worth the risk.

‘Too many people are still taking the risk to drive while impaired.

‘But we are dedicated to tackling this issue, these people not only put themselves at risk, but others who are often innocently going about their daily lives.

‘Extra patrols will be deployed to carry out a number of breath and drug tests.

‘If you are caught driving while impaired by drink or drugs you could face a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and could even lose your job.’

Thames Valley police is partnering Hampshire for the operation.

Each month across Hampshire and Thames Valley just under 400 drivers are caught drink-driving.

And each year around 140 people are killed or seriously injured as a result of alcohol.

Around 80 per cent of drink drivers in Hampshire and Thames Valley are male.

Combining alcohol and illegal drugs together is a deadly combination that can make a person 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision rather than a sober one.

Research shows the majority of impaired driving-related collisions in Hampshire occur in 30mph A-class or unclassified roads.

Statistics show most people are caught on Friday evenings between 9pm and 2am and then on Saturday evenings between 7pm and 5am on Sunday morning.

Sgt Heard added: ‘Alcohol can stay in your system for some time.

‘After just four pints of lager, you may not be safe to drive for up to 13 hours, so whether you are drinking in the afternoon at a summer barbecue or drinking in the evening, make sure you are safe to drive the following day. Just because you haven’t had a drink for a few hours, it doesn’t mean all the alcohol has left your system and you can drive.’