Police launch Christmas drink-drive campaign

Police in Suffolk will be taking extra steps to catch anyone drinking and driving this Christmas.

The force will be working to provide a visible presence day and night, seven days a week, as festive celebrations begin.

Assistant chief constable Charlie Hall said: “There will be nowhere for drink drivers to hide this Christmas and New Year, and no excuses. “Officers will be on patrol from Saturday onwards, with specific tasking to stop any driver who causes them concern, whether it be as a result of their manner of driving or because their car has a defect.

“They will then carry out a breath test as appropriate. All drivers involved in collisions will also be tested.”

During last year’s Christmas drink drive campaign, 5,958 drivers were breath tested and 185 tested positive.

“We want everyone to think twice before getting into their car, whether it be after a night out, on the way to work the next morning, or after a pub lunch or visiting friends and relatives,” said Mr Hall.

“There are plenty of safe ways to get home after your celebrations – take a taxi or other public transport, or have a designated driver who only has soft drinks on your night out, as promoted this Christmas by Suffolk Roadsafe.

“Even the day after you may still have enough alcohol in your system to put you over the limit – consider this before getting into your car to drive to work the next day, and take a day off or get a lift in.”