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Drink and drug driving campaign to start

PUBLISHED: 15:18 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:31 05 July 2010

CALLING time on driving while under the influence of drink and drugs, stark new figures have been released by police.

39 people died on Suffolk's roads in 2007 - and of these, six (15.

CALLING time on driving while under the influence of drink and drugs, stark new figures have been released by police.

39 people died on Suffolk's roads in 2007 - and of these, six (15.4pc) died in a collision where drink or drugs were a contributory factor and 29 people were seriously injured.

These latest figures, released by Suffolk Constabulary, show that motorists are continuing to break the law with serious and sometimes fatal consequences.

This Sunday, June 1, police are to launch a month-long summer drink and drug drive enforcement campaign.

Roadside checks will be stepped up and officers will be breath-testing anyone involved in a collision, however minor.

Superintendent John Everett said: “If you drink drive or take drugs and drive, you are more likely to get caught than ever before. Suffolk Constabulary is committed to tackling this issue and we are warning those who break the law in this way, that they will be caught.

“The police are well aware of the various means used by drink and drug drivers to avoid detection. We are taking steps to make the roads safer by making sure that those who drink or drug drive are arrested and face the consequences of their actions.

“By drinking or taking drugs and driving you could lose your licence, your livelihood and ruin your life. Be sensible, be safe, and arrange a lift home, or appoint a designated driver. If you are going out on a night out, remember to book a cab, choose a nominated driver or, if you are at a friend's house, stay over for the night.

“We are also appealing for members of the public to tell us about people who flout the law in this way. If you know of someone who is drink or drug driving, then please call the police. They are a danger to themselves, to you, your family and others, and they should be stopped,” he added.

Anyone who suspects someone they know of drink or drug driving is asked to report them immediately to the police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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