Festive drink and drug drive launched

TWO police forces are launching a join festive drink and drug driving campaign.

The Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit is launching the annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign tomorrow.

The campaign will run throughout December and into the new year, and will include the random stop checking of vehicles at all times of the day and night, as well as targeting areas known for drink-related collisions and drink or drug drive offenders.

Drivers will be reminded that the morning after they have been drinking, they may still be over the limit and could face fines or be banned from driving if found to be over the drink drive limit.

Inspector Mick Little, who is also a member of the Cleveland Casualty Reduction Group, said: “During December, officers across both forces will be carrying out random checks on drivers at all times of the day and night in a bid to enforce the law. We work all year round to try to get the message across, but some choose to ignore our pleas.

“Drinking alcohol or taking drugs and then driving is totally unacceptable and irresponsible and could result in a fine, a driving ban, serious injuries or even fatalities.”