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1 December 2016, 11:28 | Updated: 1 December 2016, 12:36
Extra Patrols as Kent Police start Drink Drive crackdown over Christmas and New Year.
Kent Police is warning motorists of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol as the festive season approaches.
There will be an extra focus by officers to breathalyse at every opportunity in support of the National Police Chiefs Council’s month-long annual campaign, which starts on Thursday 1 December 2016.
The aim of the campaign by police, government and charity partners is to reduce the number of casualties and deaths on our roads.
A number of road checks will take place across the county and officers from the Special Constabulary will also be supporting work by regular officers up until 31 December 2016 when this dedicated campaign draws to a close.
Inspector Sam Pearson from Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit said: ‘Drivers should never get behind the wheel if they’ve had alcohol and this is something we remind motorists of regularly, not just at Christmas.
‘However at a time of year when many people are out socialising it is important we reinforce the message that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs puts many people at risk, not just the driver.
‘Many lives are lost each year as a result of driving when intoxicated and this is something we want to continue to raise awareness of in the hope we can drive down these incidents and save lives.
‘Our message is a simple one – we want everyone to enjoy the festivities, but enjoy them responsibly.’
In December 2015, 191 arrests were made as a result of last year’s campaign where the vast majority of those resulted in a charge.