Summer drink-drive warning to motorists

A SUMMER of sport is prompting two police forces to launch a crackdown on drink and drug-fuelled drivers.

Cleveland and Durham Police Specialist Operations Unit launched its joint summer drink and drug drive campaign today.

Police are hoping drivers will not be tempted to drink alcohol or take drugs as they get into the spirit of various sports tournaments, including the European football championships and the Olympic Games.

People are being urged to help the police by informing them of the whereabouts of any suspected drink or drug-taking drivers.

Inspector Ken Cook said: “This summer, someone somewhere will lose a loved one to a drink or drug-related road traffic collision and we want to ensure that doesn’t happen in our region.

“We are urging drivers not to take the risk. Don’t drink or take drugs and drive this summer.”

The campaign in Durham and Cleveland will include random stop checking of vehicles, breath testing of any driver committing a traffic offence or involved in a collision and anyone suspected of drinking alcohol.

Drug drivers will be dealt with through roadside testing and blood tests.

The public are being urged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with details of suspected drink or drug drivers and places frequented by them.