A NEW drinking and driving campaign has been launched by police over the festive period.
The crackdown, which started at the beginning of the month, will be focused on reducing the number of drink and drug drivers in Daventry.
It forms part of the drive by the new police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds to cut alcohol-related crime in the area.
Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport is calling on people to think before they drink.
DCC Davenport said: “December can be a busy month with lots of social events where alcohol is on offer. We are in no way party-poopers, but we do want people to be safe on our roads. All we are asking is for people to make sure that if they are planning to go out and have a drink that they have plans to get home safely without driving. The best way to avoid being put in a difficult position if you do have to drive is to not drink any alcohol at all. The only safe limit is none.”
Officers carry out breath tests throughout the year, not just at Christmas. However, there will be increased patrols throughout the month, including early in the morning, when people are going out the morning after drinking alcohol.
DCC Davenport added: “One of our primary focuses this year is on those drivers who have consumed a large amount of alcohol during the evening. After going to bed they get up in the morning and think nothing of getting behind the wheel even though there is still a likelihood they are over the drink drive limit and so are not safe to be on our roads.
“Driving under the influence of alcohol is a primary factor in 25 per cent of all road deaths and during last year’s campaign the number of collisions involving people over the drink drive limit rose by 12 per cent nationally.”
The campaign focuses on people who take drugs and drive, as well as drink alcohol.
Extra officers have been made available for the duration of the campaign and members of the Special Constabulary will also be supporting the initiative.
To report a suspected drink driver in confidence, call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174 615, fill out the online form at www.northants.police.uk/drivewatch or if you think someone is drink or drug driving now, call 999.