Motorists are being reminded that drink and drug driving is unacceptable and that it’s a fatal combination that makes impaired drivers 23 times more likely to kill themselves or someone else in a collision.
Every year in June, both Hampshire and Thames Valley Police align their Roads Policing Units (RPU) to support the National Police Chief Council’s anti-drink drive campaign.
Both forces will be conducting targeted drink and drug drive operations at all times of the day and night over the coming weeks in an effort to deter and detect drink drivers across the region, including here on the Isle of Wight.
Despite the reduction in the number of drink drivers over the past 50 years, the Department for Transport has confirmed a 6-fold increase in the number of drug drivers caught since March 2015 when the law changed to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers.
Superintendent Simon Dodds for the Joint Roads Policing Operations Unit for Hampshire and Thames Valley Police said:
“Too many people are still taking the risk to drive whilst impaired, it’s simply not worth the devastation that is all too often left behind,
“We are dedicated to reducing it, these people not only put themselves at risk, but others who are often innocently going about their daily lives. Extra patrols will be out over the next month carrying out a number of proactive breath and drug tests.
“If you are caught driving whilst impaired by drink or drugs you could face a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and could even lose your job.” adds Supt Simon Dodds.
“I’d like to encourage members of the public to work with us for a safer community by reporting anyone they suspect is drink or drug driving by calling 101 with details about the car they are driving, registration and the location so that our officers can seek out those who commit these offences.”
Every year in Hampshire and Thames Valley, 140 people are killed or seriously injured on roads as a result of alcohol. 11% of fatalities involved a drink driver and 6% of fatalities involve drugs as a contributory factor.