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Police launch drink and drug driving crackdown in Norfolk and Suffolk

Police launch drink and drug driving crackdown in Norfolk and Suffolk

Motorists who drive under the influence of drink or drugs will be targeted as part of a month-long campaign in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The campaign, which runs throughout June, will see officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit breathalysing any driver who is stopped due to concerns over the manner of their driving, a vehicle defect or anyone involved in a collision.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the roads policing unit, said: "This is an offence we target all year round but the summer campaign gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers driving under the influence can have, that a minority of motorists still chose to ignore.

"Drink or drug driving impairs your judgement, making your reactions slower, therefore increasing the chance of being involved in a collision."

During a similar campaign last year, 153 motorists were caught drink or drug driving in Norfolk, and 113 in Suffolk.

In England and Wales the drink drive limit is 80mg per 100ml of blood. Scotland has a lower limit of 50mg.

It is also against the law to drive under the influence of illegal drugs, or if you have certain legal drugs in your blood which impair your driving. England and Wales already has specified drug-drive limits, and Scotland will introduce limits in 2019.

Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore commented: "As the weather improves and the barbecues are dusted off, I welcome this timely campaign to remind drivers not to drink or take drugs and drive.

"It beggars belief that despite the obvious dangers, too many drivers still take to the road under the influence of drink or drugs.

"All drivers need to understand that drink or drug driving risks lives and the lives of others, it is grossly irresponsible and selfish.

"I hope that slowly but surely the message is getting through, this cavalier attitude to safety is completely unacceptable and I urge drivers to take heed. Sadly too many drivers have still not learnt the lesson -- drink driving kills."

Do you think campaigns like this make people think twice about drink or drug driving?


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Posted 12 June 2017 by Louise Page

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