Police are urging people to report drink drivers in an effort to keep our roads safer this Christmas.
Whether straight from the pub or party, or even the morning after, driving under the influence of drink or drugs puts lives at risk: not only the driver’s and any passengers’, but also other road users, officers are warning.
Chief Inspector Richard Hann said: “Whether you see someone driving erratically or are privy to information that someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, please call 999 immediately.
“By providing this information you can help keep our roads safer this Christmas and help us to save lives.”
The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit is conducting breathalyser checks round the clock throughout December – including during the morning rush hour.
Motorists found to be driving while under the influence of drink or drugs face a minimum of a 12-month disqualification from driving, as well as a fine and/
or imprisonment. The offence of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs now carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment and a disqualification of at least two years.
As part of this week’s campaign, traffic officer Steve Gedny has written a blog about his experiences of dealing with the impact of drink driving at Christmas.