Commissioner backs crackdown on Christmas drink and drug driving campaign31 January, 2017
More than 130 people were caught drink driving as part of Lancashire Constabulary’s Christmas drink drive campaign.
A total of 3,266 breath tests were administered across the county throughout December 2016, with 133 people failing the test or refusing to provide a specimen – resulting in a failure rate of 4.2% and a slight increase compared to 2015.
The December campaign was the second to include drug-driving tests, with 48 people stopped – 28 of which were drivers found to be under the influence of drugs – meaning that 58% of those tested for drugs failed the roadside test.
The annual crackdown on drink and drug driving saw high profile activity take place across the county throughout the whole of December. However, officers adopted an intelligence-led approach leading to an increase in both drug and alcohol tests showing a positive, failed or refused reading.
Supt Jonathan Puttock, of Lancashire Police, said: “Drinking or taking drugs when driving is unacceptable at any time of the year and our efforts to catch those responsible will continue in a bid to make our roads safer.
“This year we carried out more targeted activity specifically around hotspot areas. We also targeted times of day when people might have been drinking the night before but were tempted to get behind the wheel the morning after.
“Unfortunately 133 people still thought it acceptable to drink and drive risking their licence, jobs, lives and even worse putting others at risk. What is a disappointing is that more than half of the drugs tests conducted registered a positive result, showing that again some people chose to not only put their own lives in serious danger, but the lives of everyone around them by driving under the influence.
“Just one drink or drug driver on the roads of Lancashire is always one too many. We will continue to carry out regular enforcement activity and take action against those who continue to break the law.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “Drink and drug-driving will not be tolerated here in Lancashire and it is our job to divert these motorists from getting behind the wheel before they ruin lives with such mindless acts.
“We are committed to making Lancashire’s roads as safe as possible and these targeted campaigns in December make a real difference at the time of year when the dangers of drink driving should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
“I also hope that this is a reminder for motorists all year round that we will continue to take necessary action to ensure our roads are free from drug and drink drivers.”
If you would like to report someone who you suspect of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, contact the police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.”