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Hampshire Police crackdown on drink and drug driving during two week campaign

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Hampshire Police crackdown on drink and drug driving during two week campaign

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:52am 1st August 2020.

This week Hampshire Police have been out on our roads targeting drink and drug drivers.

It is part of a two-week-long campaign across the count to try and prevent the destruction and distress caused by collisions involving those under the influence.

In 2019 there were 17 fatal collisions where drink or drugs were a contributing factor.

So far in 2020, 608 people have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. 

Between 27 July and 9 August officers from the  Roads Policing, Joint Operations Unit will be conducting drink/drug focused operational patrols throughout the day and night.

Intelligence-led operations to catch offenders and patrols will be carried out specifically designed to breathalyse, drug wipe and educate drivers.

Drivers involved in a collision will be breathalysed and if required drug tested.

Road Safety Sergeant Scott Kerr said they are  reminding people of the devastating physical and emotional damage drug and drink driving brings to families: 

"Too many people are still taking the risk to drive whilst impaired.

"These people not only put themselves at risk, but all those who are innocently going about their daily business.

"We are dedicated to protect all the law abiding road users and prosecute offenders.

"We will be using drug wipes by conducting a roadside drug test if we suspect someone may be impaired by drugs, as well as the ability to breathalyse.

Receiving a conviction for drink or drug driving ruins lives. If you are caught in control of any motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or drink, means you could face a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and could even lose your job.

"Please remember It’s not worth the risk.”

The public are encouraged to report drink and drug drivers with as much information and detail as possible. 

If you know someone who drink or drug drives you can report them on 101 or via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. 

If the person is an immediate risk to the public and themselves call 999.