Reminders to motorists as festive campaign starts

THE police’s annual festive drink drive campaign kicks off today (Thursday) across the Daventry area.

This year Northamptonshire Police deputy chief constable Suzette Davenport is not only heading the campaign for the county, but also the national campaign to bring drink and drug drivers to justice.

Officers across the Daventry area will be carrying out increased levels of breath tests with co-ordinated roadside operations, routine checks and ongoing patrols.

DCC Davenport said: “If you drink or take drugs and drive it’s only a matter of time before you’re caught.

“December will see police officers across Northamptonshire testing drivers at hotspots to help keep our roads safe.

“Anyone who decides to risk the lives of others leaves themselves open to arrest and prosecution.”

The campaign will see tests carried out at all times of the day and night, including first thing in the morning, as drivers are urged to think twice before getting behind the wheel the morning after drinking.

A total of 95 people were arrested on the county’s roads during the 2010 winter campaign and 1,066 breath tests were carried out.

DCC Davenport said: “People often ask how much they can safely have to drink before driving.

“The simple answer is that the only true safe drink drive limit is none.

“People must also be made aware that they could still be over the limit the morning after the night before. You might feel fine but you could still have alcohol in your system which could impair your driving.”

Posters and leaflets will be used featuring a photo of a taxi driver, police officer, hearse driver and ambulance driver to ask members of the public to think about who will be driving them home during the party season.