Summer drink-drive crack-down warning in Lincolnshire

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The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has warned would-be drink-drivers to think of the consequences of their actions ahead of the summer’s warmer weather.

In the past year five people have died in over eight drink-related collisions in Lincolnshire - and more than 120 people have been injured.

They safety group is urging the public not to become another statistic.

And they have warned that police will be out conducting roadside tests on suspected drink-drivers.

“As the summer gets underway our thoughts may turn to long summer days, enjoying time with friends and getting that all important barbecue dusted off and ready for action, but we need to remember drivers have a responsibility to ensure they are fit to drive,” said a spokesperson.

“Lincolnshire Police will be conducting roadside checks to 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.

“Although people will say they are OK to drive, it is almost impossible to calculate accurately whether they are. The body processes alcohol at around one unit per hour, this process is governed by many factors - age, gender, weight, body mass, metabolism, general health, the type of alcohol you are drinking and the health of you liver, to name a few.

“It cannot be calculated so it is pointless even trying,” they added.

Police will be conducting ‘highly visible’ roadside checks to catch-out drink-drivers, and warned that these checks will be carried out in early morning, evening and night-time hours.

The partnership has urged people to take responsibility for their action behind the wheel. Impairment through drink or drugs carries severe penalties for those convicted and those who refuse testing will suffer the same penalties through the courts.

The partnership has also asked people to remember the need for designated drivers and alternative travel arrangements when drinking.