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Crackdown on drink and drug drivers in Hampshire

A fortnight-long campaign targeting drink and drug drivers has begun in Hampshire, and runs until 9 August.

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Intelligence-led operations to catch offenders and patrols will be carried out specifically designed to breathalyse, drug wipe and educate drivers.

Drivers involved in a collision will be breathalysed and if required drug tested.

Road Safety Sergeant Scott Kerr said, “We’re reminding people of the devastating physical and emotional damage drug and drink driving brings to families.

“Too many people are still taking the risk to drive whilst impaired. These people not only put themselves at risk, but all those who are innocently going about their daily business. We are dedicated to protect all the law abiding road users and prosecute offenders.”

In 2019 there were 17 fatal collisions where drink or drugs were a contributing factor, and so far in 2020 Hampshire Police have arrested 608 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As well as the ability to breathalyse, the Force will be using drug wipes by conducting a roadside drug test if they suspect someone’s ability may be impaired by drugs.

Sgt Kerry continued, “Receiving a conviction for drink or drug driving ruins lives. If you are caught in control of any motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or drink, means you could face a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and could even lose your job. Please remember it’s not worth the risk.”

The public are encouraged to report drink and drug drivers with as much information and detail as possible.

If you know someone who drink or drug drives you can report them on 101 or via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

If the person is an immediate risk to the public and themselves, please people call 999.

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