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Suffolk drivers told there is 'no excuse' as police launch their annual Christmas drink driving campaign



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Emergency services in Suffolk have launched their annual Christmas campaign highlighting the dangers of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

This year, police are telling drivers that there is 'no excuse' for driving under the influence.

The initiative will start tomorrow and continue until New Year's Day.

Emergeny services joined forces to launch the campaign this year. Picture: Suffolk Police
Emergeny services joined forces to launch the campaign this year. Picture: Suffolk Police

As part of the campaign, officers will be carrying out roadside checks, both during the day and at night.

Inspector Gary Miller, of the Joint Roads & Armed Policing Team, said: “The aim of the operation is to target irresponsible and dangerous drivers, while protecting other road users from the harm caused by those motorists.

“As the campaign is highlighting, there really is ‘No Excuse’ for getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of drink or drugs – you are gambling with your life, the lives of others and your livelihood.

“Many people fall foul of still being over the limit the morning after a night out – or in the case of illegal drugs, several days later. Do not take the risk – there is no excuse and it’s not worth it.”

Last year, 86 motorists were arrested in Suffolk during the campaign, while 43 people failing breath tests and 30 providing positive drug tests.

Five people also failed to provide a specimen and eight people were arrested for being unfit to drive through drink and drugs.

Police and crime commissioner, Tim Passmore, added: "Drink and drug driving kills and there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to get behind the wheel of a vehicle if they are unfit to drive.

"I'd like to think the message is getting through but sadly it seems there are still drivers prepared to risk their own lives and the lives of others.

“I know the vast majority of drivers are responsible but sadly there are still those, who despite the obvious dangers, insist on taking to the road under the influence of drink or drugs.

"Let’s all hope that this year those who have chosen to ignore the warnings in the past, take heed.