Police launch campaign in Suffolk to target drink and drug driving

A motorist stopped by police gives a breath test. Picture: John Giles/PA.

A motorist stopped by police gives a breath test. Picture: John Giles/PA. - Credit: PA

Police in Suffolk will be targeting motorists who drive under the influence of drink or drugs as part of a month-long campaign.

The campaign, which started last Thursday, June 1 and continues until June 30, will see officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit breathalysing any driver who is stopped due to concerns over the manner of their driving, a vehicle defect or anyone involved in a collision.

Chief Insp Kris Barnard, head of the roads policing unit, said: 'This is an offence we target all year round but the summer campaign gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers driving under the influence can have, that a minority of motorists still chose to ignore.

'Drink or drug driving impairs your judgement, making your reactions slower, therefore increasing the chance of being involved in a collision.'

The campaign will involve targeted roadside activities by roads policing officers with support from uniformed colleagues across the county.

During last year's campaign 113 motorists were caught drink or drug driving in Suffolk.

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: 'I welcome this timely campaign to remind drivers not to drink or take drugs and drive.

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'It beggars belief that despite the obvious dangers, too many drivers still take to the road under the influence of drink or drugs.

'All drivers need to understand that drink or drug driving risks lives and the lives of others, it is grossly irresponsible and selfish.

'I hope that slowly but surely the message is getting through, this cavalier attitude to safety is completely unacceptable and I urge drivers to take heed. Sadly too many drivers have still not learnt the lesson – drink driving kills.'

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