Drink- Driving Campaign

PUBLISHED: 14:35 02 August 2007 | UPDATED: 12:43 04 May 2010

A SUMMER drink-driving campaign in Cambridgeshire was launched on Monday. The crack-down is part of a national campaign and will run until September 2. Drink-drive check points will be set up creating a high visibility policing presence on the county s ro

A SUMMER drink-driving campaign in Cambridgeshire was launched on Monday.

The crack-down is part of a national campaign and will run until September 2.

Drink-drive check points will be set up creating a high visibility policing presence on the county's roads and motorists will be tested at random for signs of drink or drug use.

The number of breath tests carried out and field impairment tests will be logged in order to help build a national picture of drink and drug driving.

Inspector Matt Johnson said: "The message is clear - do not drink or take drugs and then drive. Even if you consume one or two drinks it will affect your ability to drive.

"If you are caught drink or drug driving, it is not just your licence which is at stake - you could lose your job as a consequence and it may have a detrimental impact on your life as a whole.

"The fact that we are focusing on drink and drug driving, and will be setting up dedicated roadside checks means that the likelihood of getting caught is even greater so drivers shouldn't even run the risk."

Statistics show that drink related road deaths are increasing:

# Nationally there were 130 more fatalities in 2004 than in 1998.

# Within Europe more than 40,000 people are killed and 1.6 million people are injured through road collisions annually.

# Approximately five per cent of drivers who are under the influence of drink and drugs are responsible for 20 per cent of these roads annually.

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