Festive drink-drive crackdown

The annual festive crackdown has been marked with the launch of several new posters, such as this one.
The annual festive crackdown has been marked with the launch of several new posters, such as this one.

POLICE in Lincolnshire have revealed the shocking human toll of drink-driving in the county after they launched their annual Christmas crackdown.

In the past year no fewer than six people have been killed and 70 injured in road smashes where drink or drugs was a contributory factor.

And they have warned the reckless motorists who flout the law that they will be out in force this festive season to make sure they don’t get away with it.

Launching their annual festive clampdown last week, Chief Inspector Kieran English warned that drink and drugs fuelled smashes tore families apart and those responsible were a blight on society.

He said: “People in Lincolnshire have, for too long, had their families torn apart by the spectre of drink and drug driving.

“Those that are left behind suffer for all time the loss of a loved one. Our enforcement strategy will target those who continue to blight our society, we will conduct checks at all times of the day to ensure drink and drug drivers do not get away with it!

“We have engaged with Crimestoppers this year so members of the public can, if they see or suspect someone of drink or drug driving, call anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Information from Crimestoppers will be acted upon swiftly to ensure the safety of road users in Lincolnshire.

“We ask members of the public to help us to help them. Lincolnshire Police wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year.”

Lincolnshire Police will be conducting road side checks throughout advent and will arrest and prosecute those drivers who drive whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

As well as breathalyser checks, field impairment checks (FIT) will be carried out on those drivers suspected of driving whilst under the influence of drugs.

Highly visible and well signed road checks will also be in operation across the county. Checks will be carried out in early morning, evening and night time.

Meanwhile, the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has also moved to remind everyone that they have a responsibility when behind the wheel to ensure they are fit to do so.

“Impairment through drink or drugs carries severe penalties for those convicted and those who refuse testing will suffer the same penalties through the courts,” said a spoksperson.

“When people are enjoying the festive period, we ask you to make provision to travel by nominating a designated driver or pre-arranging a taxi home.”

Over 28,000 drivers have been tested since April 2010.