Christmas crackdown on drug driving

By IH Monday 17 December 2012 Updated: 03/01 08:48

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DRUG drivers are as much a target for police in Warwickshire as drink drivers this Christmas.

Roadside checks have been stepped up since the start of the month in a bid to catch those who ignore the annual seasonal warning. Already over 70 drivers have been arrested in Warwickshire and West Mercia since December 1.

Over the past three years, seven people have lost their lives in Warwickshire, and a further 94 were seriously injured, following crashes as a direct result of drink or drugs.

Supt Lee Davenport of Warwickshire Police said: “Cracking down on those who take drugs or drink and then drive is a year round commitment.

"However, we are very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive after taking drugs or drinking. Extra patrols will be conducted in the run up to and over Christmas and New Year, in a bid to tackle those who commit the unacceptable act of drinking or drug driving.

"Worryingly, and despite many warnings over the years about the dangers of drink/drug driving, there are still far too many reckless drivers ignoring the devastating consequences. We’re urging people to think hard about the consequences that a collision could lead to.”

Posters and beermats have been targeted at local pubs and clubs throughout the region designed to make people think about the consequences of drink or drug driving.

Vicki Bristow, of Warwickshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “There are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and think they know how much the limit is but the simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all.

"We would also ask people not to get into a car as a passenger if they suspect that the driver has been drinking or taking drugs. We realise that this can sometimes be difficult but would urge people to make the safe decision - it’s not worth risking your life for.”

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