Force launches annual drink and drug driving campaign

Force launches annual drink and drug driving campaign

by Danielle Thompson (December 2020)

Merseyside Police have launched their  annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign, reminding motorists that drink or drug driving shatters lives.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and colleagues across the force will be stepping up patrols throughout the month-long campaign, which began on December 1 and runs until Friday,  January 1 2021. 

They will be paying particular attention to areas across Merseyside in the evenings and early in the morning, to target those who are risking driving the morning after drinking or taking drugs the night before, but motorists can expect to see officers policing the roads at any time of the day or night.

The campaign, which also runs nationally, aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads and raise the awareness of the dangers around driving while over the  drink drive limit or impaired through illegal or certain prescription drugs. 

During last year’s Christmas campaign 117 arrests were made for drink driving and 150 arrests for drug driving. 

Figures released on January 15, 2020, revealed Merseyside Police was the first force in England, Wales and Scotland to record more than 2,000 drug drive arrests in a calendar year.

Statistics show that motorists who drive at twice the legal alcohol level are at least 50 times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision.

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