The annual police operation across England and Wales to stop people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol began on 1st December. The month-long campaign hopes to match last year’s figures of 103,085 vehicles stopped and 5698 positive breath tests.
As well as the roadside activity, police forces will share awareness campaigns to remind drivers that it is never worth the risk to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Stories will be relayed about people across the country who are facing Christmas without loved ones because of drink or drug driving. This year’s message is that the only sensible amount to drink before driving is none: don’t let your friends and family pay the price.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said, “Every year police forces deal with cases of drink or drug driving that directly result in families facing Christmas without loved ones. Yet thousands of people still get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs – so this year we are supporting forces who want to tell the personal stories of lives lost and families torn apart.”
According to the law, if you drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs you can face an unlimited fine, disqualification from driving, and more than a decade in prison. And yet, the scale of the problem is still a real concern. Recent operations have shown higher rates of detection for drugs and alcohol than in recent years. Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can affect a person’s ability to drive safely.