Cambridgeshire motorists warned over driving under the influence

Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
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Motorists in Cambridgeshire are being warned not to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs with the Christmas drink drive campaign underway

Throughout December, the Cambridgeshire Road Policing Unit will be out in force conducting an increased number of drink and drug driving stop checks.

The unit’s chief inspector Richard Hann said: “Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs dramatically increases your chances of being involved in a collision that results in someone’s death or injury.

“If you do drink and drive there is a strong chance that you will be caught and prosecuted.”

Residents in Cambridgeshire are being urged to report people they suspect are drink driving using the confidential 24-hour reporting line 0800 032 0845.

Enforcing the drink and drug driving law, particularly at this time of year, is a key tool for police in reducing the risk of death or injury on the roads.

Officers will also be carrying out breath tests and, where relevant, field impairment tests on all drivers involved in road collisions they attend.

Motorists found to be driving while under the influence of drink or drugs face a minimum of a 12-month disqualification from driving as well as a fine and/or imprisonment.

Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs now carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment and a disqualification of at least two years.