Driving crackdown

PUBLISHED: 12:12 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:47 04 May 2010

A DRINK and drug-driving campaign is being carried out by Cambridgeshire police throughout the World Cup. The 37-day campaign, which will end on July 10, will see stop checks across the county to breath-test drivers and carry out field impairment tests to

A DRINK and drug-driving campaign is being carried out by Cambridgeshire police throughout the World Cup.

The 37-day campaign, which will end on July 10, will see stop checks across the county to breath-test drivers and carry out field impairment tests to check whether drivers are under the influence of drugs.

Casualty reduction officer Pc Mick McCready said: "I would like to remind people of the dangers of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs."

During Euro 2004, there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of people caught drink-driving - 108 people caught compared to 82 people in 2003.

In the latest campaign, during the Christmas and new year period, 197 people were caught in 34 days under the influence of drink or drugs while driving.

Pc McCready said: "The maximum penalty for drink-driving is a six-month prison sentence, £5,000 fine and a driving ban of up to 12 months. Is drink-driving really worth the risk?

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