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Drink and drug driving crack-down

Not the usual suspects
Not the usual suspects

Police are ramping up their efforts to crack down on drink and drug driving in Norfolk and Suffolk over the Christmas period, as part of a national campaign.

The initiative, which runs until January 1, 2019, will see an increase in police patrols and roadside checks, with any driver who is pulled over receiving a breathalyser test.

Specific time slots have been reserved at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court, meaning those who fail the test could lose their license within 24 hours and face further fines.

Inspector Chris Hinitt, from the joint roads and armed policing team, said: “Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is not acceptable.

“At Christmas, the risks are even more prevalent with darker nights, bad weather and, sadly, more people drinking or using drugs and then getting behind the wheel.”

During a similar campaign in 2017, a total of 1,751 roadside tests were carried out across the county, with 78 drivers failing their test.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, said: “Every Christmas, we remind drivers of the dangers that drink and drugs cause behind the wheel and, every year, there are still some that do not take heed.

“It beggars belief that, despite the obvious dangers, too many motorists still take to the road under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is grossly irresponsible and selfish.”

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