Police start campaign against drink and drug driving

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Lincolnshire Police have today (Monday) launched its Christmas drink and drug drive campaign.

Members of the public will be able to report a drink-driver they know using a short code SMS text service. Simply text the word DRINK to 80800 with details of the vehicle (including registration), where the person will be drinking and when.

Police officers will use the information to stop, arrest and process the driver through the courts.

This is only to be used for non-emergency cases.

If members of the public see a drink/drug driver actually driving, they should treat it as an emergency and call 999.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick said “In my view, any initiative to prevent the harm caused by alcohol is welcome.

“I am a huge supporter of the text a drink driver campaign.

“There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for being in charge of a car, which is potentially a lethal weapon, having consumed excess alcohol.”

Drivers are reminded that police will be carrying out roadside checks at all times of the day including the mornings.

With the use of FIT (Field Impairment Test) officers will be testing drivers for the effects of drugs as well as drink during this campaign.

This is part of the national campaign working directly with officers from the Nottingham Force as part of the East Midlands Operational Support Service.