Campaign to target drink and drug drivers starts

DRINK-DRIVERS and drug drivers in Cambridgeshire are to be targeted with spot checks in a week-long police campaign extending across Europe. The campaign, by TISPOL, Traffic Information System Police, began on Monday. Officers will stop drivers and test t

DRINK-DRIVERS and drug drivers in Cambridgeshire are to be targeted with spot checks in a week-long police campaign extending across Europe.

The campaign, by TISPOL, Traffic Information System Police, began on Monday. Officers will stop drivers and test them for both drink and drugs.

During the Christmas drink drive campaign in Cambridgeshire, 201 people were caught driving over the limit between December 1 2006 and January 1 2007.

Inspector Ron Simkins said: "With the summer here, there is bound to be an increase in the number of people going out and drinking.

"It is never safe to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs and we will not tolerate it on the roads of Cambridgeshire.

"These people may think they are safe to drive but they are mistaken. A number of drivers involved in the most serious collisions have either failed a breath test or had samples taken at hospital. Each time someone gets behind the wheel and drives under the influence they are not only putting themselves at risk but also the lives of others.

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"If you are going out and planning to drink, pre-plan how you are going to get home, book a taxi or nominate a non-drinker to drive.

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