Police launch drink and drug drive campaign

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Drivers who put their and others lives as risk by drinking or taking drugs and driving are being targeted by a Humberside Police and Safer Roads Humber campaign.

The Summer 2016 Drink and Drug Drive Campaign has been launched this week to tackle the problem of drink and drug driving. According to THINK! Department for Transport figures nationally in 2014, 16% of all road deaths involved drivers over the legal drink drive limit. A total of 240 people were killed in drink and drive collisions in 2014. Scientific reports suggest that drugs are a factor in a further 25% of fatal crashes.

Humberside Police casualty reduction officer Barry Gardner said: “In 2014 in the Humberside Police area there was one fatality and 22 people were seriously injured. The devastating effects of drinking and driving affected the families of all of those people. It’s not okay to have ‘a couple’ of drinks before driving. Alcohol affects different people in different ways. A second drink can double your chance of a fatal collision. All Humberside Police roads policing officers are not only trained to test for drink drivers they are also now trained to detect drivers who may have taken drugs.”

Police area asking anyone who suspects someone is going to drink or drug drive to call them on 101.