Issued on 5/12/17 at 9:18 a.m.
Motorists are being reminded of the dangers of driving while impaired through drink or drugs throughout December.
With the arrival of the festive season Leicestershire Police is launching its December Drink and Drug driving campaign which will see more patrols out on the streets. Checks will be made at random locations at any time of the day or night - early in the morning, at lunchtime or during the evening.
An average of 70 drivers a month are arrested in Leicestershire for drink drug drive offences, these are people of all ages, both male and female who are arrested around the clock, across the Police force area, in both urban and rural areas.
The local campaign supports the drink and drug drive campaign launched by the National Police Chiefs’ Council which will see officers across the UK working hard to make sure the roads are safe for everyone.
Inspector Rob Gowler, who is heading up the regional Drink / Drug Drive campaign across the East Midlands, said, “Despite the fall in road fatalities over the last thirty years it is clear that many drivers are still ignoring our advice and are putting others at risk by driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. Younger drivers are now of particular concern and are featuring disproportionately in the ‘positive’ statistics. Our officer patrols will be working around the clock throughout the festive period to ensure our roads are safe for everyone.”
For arrest updates during the campaign follow us on Twitter @RoadSafeLeics