Summer campaign aims to stop drink and drugs drivers

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AN anti-drink and drugs driving campaign has been launched by police in the run-up to Euro 2012.

The month-long campaign began on Friday and aims to highlight the dangers of driving whilst under the influence. Officers will be carrying out a number of operations such as breath tests on motorists.

Motorists will be targeted at various times throughout the day at a number of locations across Doncaster and the region, particularly during the European football championships - which start on Friday - and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Stuart Walne, South Yorkshire Chf Insp for roads policing, said: “We know that the public don’t want drink drivers on the roads. With a four-day weekend to celebrate the Queens Jubilee, closely followed by the start of Euro 2012, the number of people drinking in pubs and at home is likely to increase and therefore the temptation to drink and drive is also likely to go up.

“In order to address this, South Yorkshire Police is increasing its drink and drug driving enforcement across the county and carrying out a wide reaching enforcement campaign.

“To raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug driving, efforts will focus on educating road users. High visibility roadside breathalyser testing will take place across the county to deter those who may be tempted and reassure the vast majority or law abiding road users, we want to be discouraging people from taking the risk ahead of dealing with offenders after the event.”

“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.”

People are being urged to report drink and drugs drivers to the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.