Summer drink
drive campaign hits the streets

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AN anti drink and drive campaign is being targeted at motorists as celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee, Euro 2012 and the Olympics begin

From Friday, June 1, until Saturday, June 30, police will do roadside checks to conduct breath tests and look for signs of drug-taking.

Tests will be carried out throughout the day and night, including early in the mornings as alcohol can remain in the body from the night before. Offenders potentially risk peoples’ lives and, if convicted, can receive a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.

In total 686 breath tests were carried out in the county during last summer’s campaign and 83 people were arrested for drink driving.

Of all the breath tests conducted, 239 were carried out on under 25-year-olds, with 24 per cent being positive.