Police in crackdown on drink and drug drivers

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ONE in 10 drivers stopped by police in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight failed a drink or drug-driving test in the last two years, new figures show.

Hampshire Constabulary statistics reveal 5,649 people were arrested for ‘impaired’ driving offences between April 2009 and the end of March this year. And in 373 crashes during that period drink or drugs were a factor.

Now the force has launched a summer crackdown on drink and drug-driving to educate motorists and reduce offences as well as accidents.

Chief Inspector Cleave Faulkner, from the roads policing unit, said: ‘We all like to be out and about with friends and family when the nice weather finally arrives, but if you’re out for a drink make sure you either leave your vehicle at home or stick to soft drinks.’

He added: ‘This summer, we’ll also be out on the roads, as we are year-round, enforcing the law, breath-testing drivers we suspect of being over the limit and pursuing prosecutions against those who mindlessly put their own lives and the lives of other road users at risk.

‘We know what to look for so the chances are you will be caught, fined, banned from driving or even sent to jail.

‘If drink or drug-driving doesn’t kill you or someone else, it can still ruin lives.

‘You can’t put a value on a life, so why even take the risk?’

Hampshire Police say to report a driver under the influence who is an immediate danger dial 999.

The force say if it is not an emergency call 101 or text 80999.