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Dorset Police's Drink Drive campaign 2013

Dorset Police is joining forces with the media for this year’s Christmas drink and drug drive campaign.

The Force’s annual drink and drug driving campaign runs from Sunday December 1 2013 to Wednesday 1 January 2014.

This year anyone charged with a drink or drug driving-related offence during the campaign will have their name and court appearance details released to the media.

Dorset Police is warning motorists that throughout the campaign – which forms part of Dorset Police’s Countdown to Christmas – there will be an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks.

Every driver who is involved in a collision during this period will be breath tested, irrespective of whether they are suspected of drink driving or not.

Inspector Matt Butler, from Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: “Each year we warn people of the dangers of drink driving but some still choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, putting themselves and the lives of others at risk.

“I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. Research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive so please don’t get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all.”

Insp Butler is urging people to plan ahead over the festive period and take simple steps such as booking a taxi, having a designated driver in your group of friends or arranging overnight accommodation.

If someone is caught drink driving they will face a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.

The Force will also use information submitted by the public to target suspected offenders of drink and drug driving throughout the campaign.

Insp Butler added: “If a member of the public suspects someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they should dial 999 immediately and report the details to the police so that we can intercept that vehicle.”

Dorset Police will be taking to Twitter to remind motorists of the drink and drug drive campaign and to inform the public how many drivers have been charged each day. Follow @dorsetpolice and look out for #DPXmasCountdown.

If you suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, dial 999 immediately so police can intercept or call 101 with non-urgent information.

ISSUED: 28 November 2013