Suffolk police launch drink drive campaign

Suffolk Police are looking to the public to play a key role in this summer's drink drive campaign by reporting those flouting the law.

The annual month-long enforcement campaign begins on Friday with drivers in Suffolk being reminded that although motorists should enjoy the long days of summer, having a drink and getting behind the wheel could mean losing more than just the ability to drive.

Police say the message is particularly significant this summer with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the football European Championships and the London Olympics.

Sgt Paul Ward, of the casualty reduction team, said: 'I want to remind people who go to pubs and other people's houses for street parties, barbecues and football matches, that they must not feel pressured into drinking alcohol then getting behind the wheel of a car.

'Officers will be particularly active around relevant times. The safest and only sensible option for any driver would be to not drink any alcohol.

'We are also asking members of the public to tell us about people they know who are drink driving. They are a danger to themselves, to you, your family and others, and they should be stopped.'

During the summer campaign officers will be carrying out roadside checks at all times of the day and night.

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Convicted drink drivers can receive a fine of up to �5000, a minimum 12 month driving ban and a criminal record.

Last summer's campaign saw police carry out 507 alcohol tests on motorists with 111 people testing positive.

In 2011 in Suffolk alcohol was a contributing factor in 14pc of fatal collisions.

Anyone who suspects someone they know of drink or drug driving is asked to report them immediately to the police on 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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