Home   News   Article

Police launch Christmas drink drive campaign

Close up of a police breathalyser
Close up of a police breathalyser

Norfolk and Suffolk Police launched their Christmas drink drive campaign yesterday using the slogan ‘drink driving is not worth the risk’.

The month-long operation, aimed at catching people driving under the influence of drink or drugs will see officers carrying out extra patrols and roadside checks.

All motorists who are stopped due to concerns over the manner of their driving, a vehicle defect or because they have been involved in a collision will be breathalysed.

During last year’s campaign 3,349 people were tested with 262 drivers giving positive readings in total for both counties – 90 of 1,429 in Norfolk and 172 of 1,920 in Suffolk.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said: “Put quite simply, drink drive and you risk killing yourself, your passengers and other road users. There’s no excuse for it.”

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “Every Christmas our message is the same, let’s hope this year drivers take heed. It beggars belief that despite the obvious dangers, too many drivers still take to the road under the influence of alcohol or drugs particularly at Christmas.

“All drivers need to understand that drink driving risks lives and the lives of others, it is grossly irresponsible and selfish.

“I fully support the constabulary’s campaign to increase the use of the breathalyser over the next month.

“Too many people lose their lives on our roads and that’s why we have invested in extra roads policing – we’re doing all we can to keep our roads safe, we need everyone out on our county’s road to do the same.”


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More