Festive Crackdown On Drink/Drug Driving

3 December 2018, 07:47 | Updated: 3 December 2018, 07:48

Police

More than 12 hundred people have been caught drink driving in Lancashire this year.

An additional 948 were arrested for drug driving - the figures have been released as part of the police's annual Christmas crackdown.

49 people have been killed on Lancashire's roads so far this year.

Insp Andy Trotter, of Lancashire Police, said: “We want people to have fun this Christmas but to remember the consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road collision than a driver who hasn’t been drinking, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. A conviction could also mean that you lose your job, home, family and friends. The consequences can be absolutely devastating.

“We will be working throughout the festive period to keep the public safe and we want people to enjoy the festive season but our message is simple – do not drink and drive and do not take drugs and drive.”

Last year more than 125 people were caught drink-driving in Lancashire during the force’s Christmas drink drive campaign.

Insp Trotter added: “We are determined to keep our roads safe, whether that is at night or the morning after and we will be working throughout the festive period to keep the public safe. We want people to enjoy the festive season but to remember the consequences of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“If you’re out partying this Christmas then please plan ahead and book a taxi, check public transport times or don’t drink. If you know of someone who is driving under the influence of drink or drugs then do the right thing and call the police before they kill themselves or somebody else.”

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “Drink and drug-driving will never be tolerated here in Lancashire. Not only is it a crime, it can have devastating consequences and sadly year on year the results of these targeted campaigns highlight how much they're needed to help make Lancashire’s roads as safe as possible.”