Wiltshire Police to launch Christmas drink and drug driving campaign

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By nhavergal | Friday, November 30, 2012, 12:06

Wiltshire Police are launching their annual Christmas drink and drug campaign tomorrow. 

The force launches the campaign each year to warn drivers of the dangers of driving while under the influence of drink and drugs. 

The campaign will involve officers patrolling roadsides throughout December and into the New Year in an attempt to crack down on dangerous driving during the festive period. 

Wiltshire Police will be joining forces with the Association of Chief Police Officers across the country and the Department for Transport's THINK! Christmas drink drive campaign in an effort to raise awareness but also to warn people of the consequences. 

Head of Specialist Operations for Wiltshire Police, Chief Inspector Sean Memory said: "We are putting a great deal of time into this year's campaign with the intention of showing the public that drink driving is completely anti-social and a grave danger to other road users."

Under UK law if caught drink or drug driving an offender can receive a 12 month driving ban, fined and get a criminal record. 

"The message from us is pretty clear- If you take a chance on drink driving, you will be caught," Chief Inspector Sean Memory added. 

Roadshows will also be held by Wiltshire Police between 10am-2pm in the following places:

December 10- Tidworth Barracks

December 11- Marlborough High Street

December 12- Trowbridge County Hall

December 13- Outside the Bear Hotel, Devizes

December 14- Chippenham High Street

The roadshows will display a car which was damaged in a drink driving related incident as an example of the dangers. 

Newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: "I hope the fact that the police have a robust enforcement plan in place will discourage stupid and potentially lethal behaviour over the festive period."

"I would also encourage the use of the drink drive hotline to report drivers as we all have a civic duty to help keep are roads and communities safe."

To report drink driving should call Wiltshire Police on the 101 non-emergency number and select option 4. 

In an emergency call 999. 

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