South Yorkshire Police in drink-drive blitz

POLICE are calling time on drink drivers as part of an awareness campaign.

The month-long initiative aims to highlight the dangers of drink and drug driving and consequences of ignoring advice.

Throughout June, South Yorkshire Police will be enforcing breath testing under current legislation.

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This includes following a collision or if an officer suspects that a driver may be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In addition, road traffic officers will be inviting members of the public to voluntarily take a breath test as a way of educating drivers and reinforcing the message, don’t drink and drive.

The South Yorkshire Police enforcement forms part of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) drive across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Latest figures from the Department for Transport show that in 2009, 380 people were killed and 1,480 seriously injured in drink drive collisions across Great Britain.

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Insp Pete Serhatlic said: “Last June, 4,862 drivers were breathalysed in South Yorkshire. “Of these, 5.7 per cent tested positive, refused or failed to provide a breath test.

“We plan to speak to a similar number of drivers again this time.

“Our high profile enforcement will take place at a range of locations throughout the day, not just at pub closing times.”

Insp Serhatlic added the focus would be on “educating road users,” on the dangers of drink driving.

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He added: “Our message to drivers is that if you are going out with friends and know you will be drinking, organise alternative transport or a designated driver to ensure everyone is able to get home safely.

“If you know someone that regularly drives while under the influence of drugs or alcohol please contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”