AN annual crackdown on those who choose to drink and drive over the Christmas period is being launched by South Yorkshire Police today.
Throughout December, drivers will be made aware of the dangers and consequences of drink driving and encouraging ways to enjoy a drink without risk to themselves or others.
The initiative is part of a national crackdown by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), which aims to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads by those who drink and drive.
It is estimated that across Great Britain during 2011, 280 people were killed in drink drive collisions, this equates to 15 per cent of all road fatalities.
South Yorkshire chief inspector for roads policing, Stuart Walne, said: “Christmas is the time when families get together and everyone should play their part in not destroying the happiness that brings. Drink driving causes collisions and kills people. It is an all year round issue that takes on a special relevance and poignancy at this time of year.
“South Yorkshire Police will conduct roadside tests at various times throughout the day at a number of different locations, not just at pub closing times. If you have been out drinking at night you must be aware that you could still be over the limit the morning afterwards and may still not be in full control of your car.
“Working as a key member of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, our voluntary breath testing scheme will raise awareness of drink driving issues and encourage law abiding motorists to help us identify those who regularly drink and drive. Our aim is that police enforcement and the Start Thinking, Reduce Your Drinking campaign will remind drivers that drinking and driving wrecks lives and will not be tolerated.
“If you know someone that regularly drives whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol I would urge you to contact South Yorkshire Police by telephoning 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”.