Summer drink drive crackdown launched

Police have stepped up drink-drive patrols

Police have stepped up drink-drive patrols - Credit: Archant

OFFICERS have launched an annual crackdown on drink driving.

The campaign, from June 3 to July 1, will see stop checks with motorists breath tested and officers will carry out field impairment tests to check whether drivers are under the influence of drugs.

Inspector Mark Rogers said: “Over the next few weeks drivers should expect a highly visible police presence on the county’s roads as we target those who drive under the influence.

“Drink driving ruins people’s lives and is completely unacceptable – if you drive under the influence of drink and drugs, expect to be caught and brought to justice.”

Last year saw the number of drivers caught driving under the influence of drink and drugs fall to 1,064 compared to 1,181 in 2011.

Clair George, of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership, added: “A drink-driving conviction has the potential to ruin someone’s life with a mixture of legal and personal consequences. Convictions mean at least a 12-month driving ban, a criminal record, a hefty fine and possible lifestyle changes.

“Remember, don’t rush to get behind the wheel the morning after you’ve been out drinking. You may feel fine but you could still be over the legal alcohol limit or unfit to drive.

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“A cold shower, a cup of coffee or any of the other myths about sobering up will not make you fit to drive any quicker.

“After four drinks during an evening, most motorists who drive the next morning will be over the limit. It can take up to 12 hours to be safe to drive after drinking one bottle of wine.”