Christmas campaign launched in Skegness area against drivers taking drugs or alcohol

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“If you are over the legal limit for drugs or alcohol, you are not welcome on our roads.” This is the message going out from police to Christmas and New Year revellers in the Skegness area who choose not to leave their cars at home.

The launch of the annual drink-drive campaign sees police operating roadside checks with an extra piece of kit in their armoury.

In addition to breathalysers for alcohol, they now have the drug wipe, which is activated by saliva.

The new test can detect drugs in your system in as little as three minutes.

Last year’s campaign saw 133,996 drivers being tested nationally with a 4.39 per cent failure rate.

Consequences if you are caught drug-driving are the same as drink driving – a 12-month ban minimum, a criminal record, a fine and up to six months in prison.

John Siddle, of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “Around 80 people per month are charged with drink or drug driving in Lincolnshire, at the campaign times we sometimes see that rise to over 100.

“We know people out there know someone who is willing to risk not only their own lives, but the lives of others.

“We are asking the public to tell the police, on 101 or in an emergency 999, who the drink drivers are.

“You could save their life, or someone else’s life.

“For the drink-drivers, they are never sure ‘Who’s Watching You?’”