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Police to conduct targeted drink and drug drive crackdown throughout June

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Police are reminding motorists that drink and drug driving is unacceptable.

It’s a fatal combination that makes impaired drivers 23 times more likely to kill themselves or someone else in a collision.

Both Hampshire and Thames Valley Police will be conducting targeted drink and drug drive operations at all times of the day and night in an effort to deter and detect drink drivers across Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from today until 30th June 2017.

140
people are killed or seriously injured on roads as a result of alcohol every year

Too many people are still taking the risk to drive whilst impaired, it’s simply not worth the devastation that is all to often left behind. We are dedicated to reducing it, these people not only put themselves at risk, but others who are often innocently going about their daily lives. Extra patrols will be out over the next month carrying out a number of proactive breath and drug tests.”

– Superintendent Simon Dodds, Hampshire and Thames Valley Police
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Despite the reduction in the number of drink drivers over the past 50 years, the Department for Transport has confirmed a six-fold increase in the number of drug drivers caught since March 2015.

Facts for Hampshire and Thames Valley.

11%
of fatalities every year involve a drink driver
  • 80% of drink drivers are male
  • Males in their mid-20s are most likely to refuse or fail a breathe test
  • 6% of fatalities involve drugs as a contributory factor

The morning after website is designed to help people have a rough idea of when they might be safe to drive after a night out.

It is not intended to help people work out how much they can drink on a night out before driving home.

If you believe someone is driving whilst impaired, please act immediately.

Phone police directly on 101 or text 80999 with all the details of the vehicle, driver, location and times.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.

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If you’re convicted for drink driving you may get:

  • 6 months imprisonment
  • An unlimited fine
  • A ban from driving for at least 1 year