‘Don’t put your life at risk,’ say police

Police launch a campaign against drink and drug drivers.

Young drivers will once again be the focus of a police campaign to curb drink and drug driving.

The campaign, aimed at reducing the number of drink and drug related road traffic collisions across the region, will run for the rest of June.

Police will be particularly focusing on men under the age of 25.

Throughout the month officers will be conducting roadside alcohol and drug field impairment tests to anyone suspected of driving under the influence.

Inspector Richard Pryce, force lead for Devon and Cornwall’s road policing, said: “We know that time off work and enjoying the fine weather can lead to people having a drink and chancing the drive home.

“Please think ahead and do not risk putting your life or the lives of others at risk.

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“As well as the potentially tragic consequences, someone who is caught drink driving faces losing their licence and subsequently their livelihoods along with the social stigma that a driving ban brings.”

In June 2011, 190 people tested positive of which 35 per cent were under 25.

Inspector Pryce added: “The message to all motorists is very clear. Have fun, if you drink, do so sensibly, but don’t drive.

“Taking that chance is perilous - you will be caught and could face a life changing driving ban.”

The police are also warning drivers of the dangers of early morning drink driving as Inspector Pryce explains: “Alcohol can remain in the system for a long time after you’ve had your last drink, something many of those who drive the morning after don’t count on or realise.

“If anyone is working the following day or driving early, please drink responsibly the day before – if at all – and be aware of the perils of driving the morning after.”

Those convicted of drink and drugs driving could face a driving ban for at least 12 months, receive a fine of up to �5,000 or even six months in prison.

Collisions resulting in a fatality where a driver is under the influence can carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.