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Increased patrols as anti-drink drive campaign starts

The Christmas anti-drink driving campaign runs until the 1st January 2018 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police forces in the eastern region have launched their Christmas drink drive campaigns.

There will be increased patrols throughout December, testing for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A conviction could mean a prison sentence, a driving ban, and an unlimited fine.

Watch a short clip with Sgt Danny Parsons from Essex Police.

"We are still seeing a high number of people drink driving, which is unacceptable. However, what is even more concerning is the number of people we are seeing drug driving. More than 1,200 people have been arrested on suspicion of drug driving in Essex since the start of last year."

– Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager at Essex Police
  • In Essex nearly 650 people have been arrested on suspicion of drug driving in the last 12 months.
  • Almost 1,100 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
  • 12 % of all collisions in Essex in the last year involved a driver who tested positive for drink driving.
190 people were arrested during last Christmas' campaign across Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

"As the festive season approaches, it’s important to remember that you may still be over the drink-drive limit the morning after. On average, alcohol disappears from the blood stream at one unit per hour, but there are many factors that could change this: your size, gender, what you’ve eaten, your metabolism and more. You can’t speed up this process either – a cold shower or a mug of coffee might make you feel more alert, but you could still be over the limit and this will alter your actions behind the wheel."

– Stuart Elms, Clinical Director at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance