Hampshire Police cracking down on drink and drug drivers

Hampshire Police cracking down on drink and drug drivers

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:39am 30th July 2020.

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The force is running its traditional summer campaign once again, reminding motorists of the sometimes severe consequences of collisions while under the influence.

Officers across Hampshire will be carrying out extra checks on the roads over the next couple of weeks (up until 9th August).

They'll be breathalysing and drug wiping drivers at random locations both day and night, as well as educating them about the dangers.

Drink and Drug driving - driver - drugwipe drug cannabis cocaine tester breathalyser (Hampshire Police)
Drivers will be asked to take drug wipes by Hampshire's Roads Policing officers in the coming weeks

Intelligence-led patrols are also part of the campaign, and every driver involved in a collision will be tested for alcohol or drug use.

Road Safety Sergeant Scott Kerr, said: 

"We're 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."

Wiltshire Police have told us they're planning to have their summer drink and drug driving campaign at a later date.

DRINK AND DRUG DRIVING: THE STATS

Throughout 2019, there were 17 fatal collisions in Hampshire where drink or drugs had been a contributory factor.

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

Being convicted of drink or drug driving will lead to a criminal record, driving ban, possible prison term and that could lead to other issues like losing a job.

Hampshire Police Drink Driving Poster It's Not Worth the Risk
The campaign poster warns drivers that they could be tested by officers

If you're concerned that someone might be driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you can report them to police by calling 101, or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you believe that person is an immediate risk to the public and themselves, you're asked to call 999.

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