DRIVERS in Warwickshire are continuing to gamble with drink and drugs say police chiefs.
In the past three years ten people have been killed and 80 seriously injured on the county’s roads following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.
Warwickshire Police is launching a publicity and enforcement campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink and drug driving as the festive season gets underway.
Asst Ch Con Alex Franklin-Smith said: “There are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and think they know how much the limit is but the simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all.
“Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. Worryingly, and despite many warnings over the years about the dangers of drink/drug driving, there are still far too many reckless drivers ignoring the devastating consequences.
“Alcohol and drugs both affect your ability to judge speed and distances accurately and slow down your reaction time. We’re urging people to think hard about the consequences that a collision and a conviction could lead to.”
“The safest option if you are driving is to drink no alcohol at all. There are plenty of alternatives available with public transport, taxis and sharing designated drivers.”
Asst Ch Con Franklin-Smith added enforcing the drink and drug drive law was a 24/7 commitment for the Warwickshire force and officers would be enforcing at all times of the day and night.
The campaign supports the December long winter drink drive campaign by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).