Northumbria Police throw their support behind national winter drink and drug drive campaign

Traffic officers have this week revealed that anyone caught drink or drug driving in our region will get a free lift this Christmas – straight to the doors of a police cell.

The warning comes as Northumbria Police pledge their support to the annual Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Campaign led by the National Police chief’s Council (NPCC).

Every year Forces across the country take part in a crackdown on motorists under the influence of drink or drugs in the lead up to the festive period.

From tomorrow (December 1) traffic officers will be carrying out targeted stops across the region where they will be testing drivers for drink and drugs.

The campaign will run into the beginning of the New Year as more people take the risk of getting behind the wheel as they enjoy a drink with friends, families and colleagues around Christmas.

Figures show that in the last 50 years, road casualties caused by drink-driving have fallen dramatically.

However, countrywide an average of 54,099 people are convicted of driving or attempting to drive while over the legal limit every year.

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