Police launch summer drink-drive campaign

Drink drivers are being warned there is nowhere to hide as police begin a month-long campaign.

Officers from Suffolk Police’s roads policing unit are leading the campaign throughout June as they look to crackdown on drink driving.

Assistant Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “After the recent poor weather, many people will be taking the opportunity to enjoy the longer evenings and meet up with friends for a drink after work and at the weekend.

“If the sun starts shining, it will very quickly become barbecue season, and for younger people June sees the end of exams and studying for the summer.

“With all of this can come the temptation to drink and drive. It is simply not worth it; if you are convicted of drinking and driving, you will receive a ban, a fine or a custodial sentence, and the conviction will affect your job prospects.”

During last year’s campaign, a total of 2,989 drivers were breath tested, with 118 testing positive.

Mr Hall said he hoped that the numbers would fall.

“While it is pleasing that there have been nearly 50 fewer people hurt on our roads in collisions involving alcohol during the last year, 115 people were still killed or injured, and this is unacceptable,” he said.

“This month, there will be nowhere for drink drivers to hide, and no excuses. Officers will be on patrol with the specific task of stopping any driver who causes them concern, whether it be as a result of their manner of driving or because their car has a defect.

“We want everyone to think twice before getting into their car. To get home safely, take a taxi or public transport after drinking, or simply do not drink at all.”