Police crack down on drink and drug drivers in Cambridgeshire after more than 800 motorists were arrested in less than a year

PUBLISHED: 11:40 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:49 03 October 2018

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Nearly 800 people were arrested for drink or drug driving in Cambridgeshire, say police, who are launching a crackdown on people who drive while unfit.

New road side drug testing kits make it easier to prosecute drug drivers, in addition to the established alcohol breath test kits, say officers, who are asking the public to help target motorists.

Between July 2017 and May this year, 787 people were arrested in Cambridgeshire on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

Sergeant Ian Manley, casualty reduction officer in the Beds Cambs Herts Road Policing Unit, said: “People may be reading this and have concerns about someone they know who may be drink driving, or notice someone who regularly drives their vehicle home from the pub despite having several drinks.

“Unfortunately, there are still people who think it is acceptable to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

“While doing this, they risk not only their own lives but also those of any passengers and other road users.

“We will often pull over a driver who, despite being over the legal limit, believed they were still fit for driving. However this is never the case alcohol or drugs will always affect your driving for the worse.

“Although it may give a feeling of overconfidence, the truth is your reactions are slower and you are a danger on the roads.

“We’re asking people to help us make the roads a safer place for everyone and to report any drink or drug driving concerns on our confidential reporting line.

• People are being urged to help catch those under the influence by using the confidential reporting line - 0800 032 0845, which is available 24/7, or report online at https://www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report-Shared/Report-anti-social-driving.

• The penalties for drug driving are the same as those for drink driving. If convicted, motorists could lose their licence, be fined up to £5,000 and even face a prison sentence.

• In 2015, the law relating to driving under the influence of drugs was changed to make it easier to prosecute those exceeding set limits and the introduction of roadside test kits has helped officers identify people driving under the influence of drugs.

• The legislation covers some prescribed drugs as well as illegal substances.

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