Christmas 2012 anti-drink drive campaign

13 December 2012

Officers will be on patrol throughout the night and day.

The Metropolitan Police Service's anti-drink drive and drug driving enforcement campaign is now in full swing with officers working throughout the capital at all times of day and night to make our roads safer.

This year's campaign has broken through the stereotype that drink driving is a night time issue. Building on learning from last years national figures, which revealed that more people failed breath tests between 06:00 and 11:00hrs than between 23:00 and 01:00hrs, enforcement officers will be out on patrol at all times of the day.

"Drinking the night before impairs driving, makes you unfit to drive & can put you over the limit"

"Anyone behind the wheel, be it with an early morning hangover, individuals who drive home after drinks at work, as well as people returning from nightclubs and bars will be targeted in this years campaign" said Traffic Chief Inspector Nick Hancock.

Motorists stopped this year as part of the MPS seasonal drink-drive campaign, also run the risk of being tested for drug impairment.

Using the latest Field Impairment Tests officers will be able to detect incidents of driving whilst impaired through drugs and work to take such offenders off the road and put them before the courts.

1,230 people have already been arrested in London this year on suspicion of drink driving and this years 'all hour' enforcement push is expected to yield more arrests than the 2011 and 2010 campaigns.

It's not just car users who will be on the radar of anti-drink and drug enforcement officers. Motorbikes, scooters, lorries and vans can all be stopped and breathalysed using Electronic Screening Devices (ESDs).

Police officers on all 32 London boroughs will also be ready to carry out these potentially life-saving breath tests as MPS Traffic Chief Inspector Nick Hancock explains.

He said: "Despite all the warnings, drink and drug driving continues to be a significant problem causing harm within our communities. The tragedy is many well-meaning people who are very conscious of drinking and driving are hopping behind the wheel in the morning when they are over the limit and therefore unsafe to drive. Drinking the night before will impair their driving, make them unfit to drive and over the limit. This could cost them their job through - a loss of licence or a prison sentence - as well as endangering their own life and that of other road users.

""It is important to remind all drivers that regardless of the time of day they are caught - be it when they are taking children to school, popping to the shops or coming back from work - they will face the same serious consequences as someone who has chosen to drink heavily and driven at night. Ignorance about the drink drive limit is not an excuse that will stand up in court or change the outcome of a serious road accident caused by drink or drug driving."

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