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Police launch summer drink-drive crackdown

PUBLISHED: 09:29 01 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:31 06 July 2010

POLICE in Suffolk have launched a month-long drink and drug-drive enforcement campaign in a bid to make the county's roads safer.

Alcohol or drugs were identified as a contributing factor in 10 of the 42 fatal collisions in Suffolk last year, equating to 24pc.

POLICE in Suffolk have launched a month-long drink and drug-drive enforcement campaign in a bid to make the county's roads safer.

Alcohol or drugs were identified as a contributing factor in 10 of the 42 fatal collisions in Suffolk last year, equating to 24pc.

This is an increase from 2008 where the figure was 19pc and police say this shows that there are still too many motorists who continue to break the law, with serious and unfortunately fatal consequences.

During the campaign, roadside checks will be stepped up and officers will be breath-testing anyone involved in a collision, however minor, in a bid to crack down on those who flout the law.

Chief Insp Adrian Dawson said: “Suffolk Constabulary is committed to tackling drink and drug driving and we are warning those who think they can break the law that they are more likely than ever to get caught.

“The percentage of road traffic collisions where alcohol or drugs was a contributing factor speaks for itself. Those offending need to realise that they not just putting themselves at risk but other innocent road users as well.

“By drinking or taking drugs and driving you could lose your licence, your livelihood and ruin your life. Your actions can also ruin the lives of others, by causing serious injury or even killing an innocent road user or pedestrian.”

“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.”

Anyone caught drink or drug driving could receive a court conviction, a driving ban of at least 12 months, a criminal record and an endorsement of their driving license for 11 years. They may also be liable to a fine of up to £5,000 and could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Anyone who suspects someone they know of drink or drug driving is asked to report them immediately to the police on 01473 613500.

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