Summer Drink and Drug Drive Campaign Launched

Officers across Cleveland and Durham will take part in the national summer drink and drug drive campaign today, Thursday, 1st June.

1 The campaign will run throughout the month and will see officers actively taking part in educational and enforcement action by carrying out random checks on drivers.

Police aim to raise awareness of the dangers of driving whilst intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, which is one of the four main causes of fatal collisions on UK roads.

Acting Inspector Harry Simpson, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “The aim of the summer campaign is to remind all drivers of the risks that they take if they get behind the wheel after having an alcoholic drink or taking drugs.

“During the summer months, people are more likely to have day time get-togethers and barbecues. We would urge people not to take the risk of seriously injuring themselves or other people, or worse, by being tempted to have an alcoholic drink and driving.

“There are people out there that have information on drink drivers, those who see them in pubs and those who know that they drive home after a few drinks. We would strongly urge those people to come forward with that information. What if they had a collision on the way home and seriously injured or killed someone? How would you feel?

“Officers will be out on our roads carrying out checks on drivers and offering educational advice, and wherever necessary prosecuting drivers who are above the limit.”

During the campaign last summer, 66 people were found to have tested positive for driving whilst being under the influence of alcohol and 24 people were found to be driving under the influence of drugs.

If you suspect anyone of driving whilst they are intoxicated, they can be reported to Cleveland Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.