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Irresponsible and dangerous drink and drug drivers are to be targeted in a month-long campaign against the destruction and distress caused by collisions involving those under the influence.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police’s Joint Operations Unit are encouraging drivers to know ‘It’s Not Worth the Risk’ and not to drink alcohol and/or take drugs then get behind the wheel.

Between 1st December and 1st January, officers will be carrying out breath tests, drug tests and field impairment test at every opportunity.  This is to raise awareness to people that we are proactively able to identify those that drive whilst impaired.

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The public are encouraged to report drink and drug drivers with as much information and detail as possible so they can be targeted. If you know someone who drink or drug drives you can report them on 101 or via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.  If the person is an immediate risk to the public and themselves, people should call 999.

On average, 20% of all fatal collisions involve an impairment from drink or drugs. In Hampshire and Thames Valley region officers catch around 400 drink drivers a month.

Sgt Scott Kerr, Road Safety Sergeant for Hampshire and Thames Valley Police said:

“Every year officers deal with cases of drink or drug driving that directly result in families facing Christmas without loved ones.

“Even the smallest amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can affect your ability to drive safely.

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“Friends, colleagues and family members can positively influence those around them. So we are calling on them to stop potential drink or drug drivers from getting behind the wheel and risking tragedy this Christmas.

“We’ll be running targeted operations across the region to enforce the law on drink and drug driving. If you drive under the influence, you can face a fine of up to £5,000, disqualification from driving, and a lengthy prison sentence.

“If you know someone who drink or drug drives you can help by reporting them on 101, or call 999 if they are driving or immediately about to drive under the influence.

“I am urging people to plan ahead during the festive season to think about how you’re going to get home and don’t forget about the impact alcohol & drugs can still have the morning after.”


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Az-zahra Aziz

Anyone caught should be locked up for the entire Christmas period, so that They, and THEIR families know what it would be like to have a loved one ‘missing’ at Christmas.

Doubt it would cause many to think, as they are often selfish people anyway, but worth a try.


No mention of the I.O.W.from Hampshire Constabulary I expect when all the new Police Officers the Politicians talk about arrive the Island will be last on the list.

Actions Not Rehtoric Campaigns

Fashionable campaigns are very festive.But what about other illegal cars??
Vauxhall Corsa FE06 BFN parks on highway, North Road, Shanklin every night.
NO tax, NO MOT, NO insurance. Police very aware but say they can’t do anything about it.
Driven daily; parking tickets daily.
What about vehicles like that then???


Eh? if its illegal then why cant they do anything about it? Complain about the police to the government/ constabulary. They are paid to crack down this kind of thing. I am concerned about Shanklin/ Sandown Police, the crime in this area reflects the lack of competency to handle the crime. Complain, Complain and Complain.


Well if policed correctly they will be a lot of drivers off the road, but will more than likely set up road block to test a few, but everyone will know where they are,


Agreed, you need to catch them unawares, like rabbits in headlights. Catch them, arrest them and fine them on the spot. Also, secret cameras work :-))

Why the Impotence??

I disagree.
Just take the effing car. No good waiting to prosecute some post Kyle Show scummer that has no comeback is it??
Oh “ten days community service”
Well that’s a result then – NOT!!!!!

Why do no police or DVLA do ANYTHING????

EY02 WKW – three effing years now and driven daily
FE06 bFN – driven daily – NO MOT; NO Tax; NO insurance, NO registration owner.
Jeez – why can’t the police do anything??????


Can I help? :-)) I do hope you catch all of them if possible… I had one drive past me yesterday, about 6pm, you could smell the drugs as they drove past. Terrible. I agree with Az-Zahra, they should be locked up. Put them in hell. Not amongst good things and lovely countryside. They do not deserve it. TIP: Los Altos park/ Sandown Railway Station (Perowne Way) is the place to catch them. Good Luck to the police.

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