Christmas Drink/Drug Driving Campaign Launched

Wiltshire Police has launched its annual Christmas Drink and Drug Driving campaign.

All Wiltshire Police officers and members of Tri Force Roads Policing Unit will be conducting high profile roadside checks at all times of the day and night, to catch those who pose a huge risk to themselves and the lives of other road users.

Officers will also be screening for drugs at the roadside as it has been found that drivers who have consumed both drugs and alcohol are 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than sober drivers.

Assistant Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “Christmas is a time for celebration and whilst I don’t want to discourage people from having a good time, it is vital to stress the importance of not getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking or taking drugs. It is as simple as that. Plan ahead – if you think you will be having a drink, make sure you arrange a lift home or take enough money for a taxi.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, said: “I fully support Wiltshire Police in its determination not to tolerate motorists who take the risk of driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

“The message is that anyone who thinks of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will run the terrible risk of endangering pedestrians, cyclists other drivers and their passengers.

“Police forces now have smart detection devices to screen for a range of drugs and they are adopting an intelligence-led approach, combined with local knowledge, to locate the dangerously irresponsible minority who seem prepared to ruin their lives and those of other road users at what should be a time of peace and goodwill.”

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