The annual summer drink and drug drive campaign was launched across Wiltshire on Friday 31 May 2013.
The month long campaign is aimed at targeting under 25s to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and taking drugs before getting behind the wheel, and catching those who do so.
Wiltshire Police Head of Roads Policing Inspector Steve Cox said: “It is important to keep reminding the public about the dangers of drink and drug driving and how doing so can have huge consequences.
“Drinking whilst under the influence of alcohol effects drivers judgement, reaction times and speed as well as putting others in danger. Whilst we want people to have a good time and enjoy social events taking place throughout the summer, they need to do so safely and not get behind the wheel.”
As part of a national campaign run by the Association of Police Officers (ACPO), Wiltshire Police will be carrying out roadside breath and drug testing to catch those who are breaking the law.
People who suspect someone of drink or drug driving can also report it to the police by dialling 101 and selecting option four.
The consequences of being caught drink or drug-driving include a 12 month driving ban, a large fine, criminal record and the serious implications for insurance premiums once the offender can drive again. It can also have a huge impact on personal lives with people losing their jobs and suffering relationship breakdowns.
Inspector Cox added; “Drinking and drug driving is a selfish act and the consequence of doing so can be fatal. No officer wants to knock on someone’s door and deliver the message that a loved one has died or been injured as a result of a drink or drug driver.
“We are determined to keep Wiltshire roads safe by targeting and removing those individuals who recklessly drink and drive on our roads. The message is simple – if you decide to drink and drug drive, you will be caught.”
During June, Wiltshire Police will also be joining Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service at a number of road shows across the county.
Drink and drug driving is one of the essential themes in the Wiltshire Road Safety Partnership’s strategy to reduce serious injuries and deaths on Wiltshire roads.
Members of the public are being urged to enjoy summer social events and leave their cars at home when having a drink. Those who need to drive the following morning as also being reminded that they can still be over the limit even though they may not have had a drink since the night before.
Nearly one in five people are convicted of drink driving are caught the morning after and do not realise that they can lose their licence if they are over the legal alcohol level.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: “Drink and drug driving can have a devastating impact on peoples’ lives. I fully support Wiltshire Police and other artner agencies in their efforts to raise awareness of this important matter and target those who break the law.
I would also encourage anyone who suspects a driver is drinking under the influence calls the drink drive hotline on 101 then selecting option four.”
Nationally, a total of 156 people under the age of 25 were killed or seriously injured as a result of drink driving in 2010. In 2011 drivers aged between 20 and 24 failed more breath tests than any other age group.