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Met police in crackdown on drink and drug drivers

PUBLISHED: 14:44 02 December 2015

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Officers will be taking every opportunity to test drivers and check for those who are under the influence of drink and/or drugs

The Met police is intensifying its crackdown on drink and drug drivers over the festive period, as it supports the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) nationwide campaign.

Roads and transport policing command officers will provide the main thrust of enforcement, with the support and participation of borough officers to increase detection of these offences.

Officers will be taking every opportunity to test drivers and check for those who are under the influence of drink and/or drugs, who pose a huge risk to themselves and other road users.

Any amount of alcohol or drugs in a person’s blood system can affect their ability to drive, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines.

Those convicted of driving whilst under the influence of drink and drugs face a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record or a jail sentence.

This campaign will see the continued use of drug-testing kits to detect cannabis and cocaine as well as standard kits for alcohol testing, with police better equipped than ever to detect and penalise those who take this very dangerous risk.

Whenever a driver is stopped, a breath test will be administered or a sample of saliva will be taken in accordance with police policy.

Detective chief superintendent Paul Rickett, Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “Driving a vehicle when over the prescribed limit of drink and/or drugs, legal or illegal and is an offence under the Road Traffic Act.

“Not only are you breaking the law but you are posing an unacceptable risk to yourself, your passengers and other road users.

“If you are caught under the influence you face very serious penalties which may include a mandatory 12 month ban, points on your licence and even time in jail.

“You may also lose your job and loss of your independence.

“The Met is taking positive action during this campaign and at all times, to catch those who break the law in this way and bring offenders to justice.

“We will be proactively patrolling to stop, arrest and convict those found to be over the prescribed limit.”

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