Police launch summer drink-drive blitz in Ribble Valley

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THIS summer’s drink and drug driving crackdown has been launched.

The initiative, by Lancashire Constabulary, will see high profile enforcement activity taking place across the county throughout this month.

There will be checkpoints at key locations where officers will administer drink and drugs tests.

Supt Peter O’Dwyer said: “We want people to have fun this summer and enjoy the warmer weather, but to remember the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“The consequences of drink driving are high – a conviction could mean that you lose your job, home, family and friends. Not only that, but you are more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn’t been drinking, potentially resulting in serious injury or even death.”

In 2010 there were 46 fatal collisions in Lancashire and eight of these involved drink or drugs.

County Coun. Tim Ashton, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “A great deal of effort has gone into reducing the numbers of people being killed and seriously injured on our roads through safety engineering works, driver training and education.

“But individuals also have to take responsibility, and decide for themselves that the risk of drinking and driving is one that’s simply not worth taking.”

The number of people caught drink and drug driving continues to fall in Lancashire, with 2% of the 10,006 people tested during last year’s Christmas campaign failing or refusing a test.

In 2010’s summer drink drive crackdown, 9,000 people were tested throughout June and 220 of these failed the test or refused to provide a sample – representing a 2.4% failure or refusal rate.

Now officers say they want to see the figure to decrease even further. Supt O’Dwyer added: “Even though we have tested more drivers, the number of people caught drink driving has fallen for the fourth year running, but one person drink driving is too many and we are committed to reducing this further.

“Our message is simple – do not drink and drive and do not take drugs and drive.”

If you would like to report someone who you suspect of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, contact the police on 0845 125 3545.