Dorset Police is running the annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign from today, Friday, December 1 to Monday, January 1.
Roads Policing and No Excuse teams are holding a launch event today, Friday, December 1, on Poole High Street between 10am and 2pm, with South Western Ambulance Service and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Officers will speak to the public, raising awareness of the inherent dangers involved in drink and drug driving and encouraging people to take responsibility for their actions this Christmas.
Throughout the month-long operation, officers will request breath tests from all drivers involved in road traffic collisions, irrespective of whether or not they suspect a drink driving offence.
Drivers can expect to be tested during routine stop checks and if they are stopped for an offence. Drugwipe sample kits will be used on drivers suspected of being unfit to drive through drugs.
This year anyone found to have alcohol in their system but doesn’t blow over the drink drive limit will be given a free disposable breathalyser to help them make better choices in future.
Despite long-term reductions, drink and drug driving still accounts for 15 per cent of road deaths and almost 10,000 casualties nationally each year.