Police make spot checks on drivers
POLICE are staging a county-wide crackdown on motorists who drive while drunk or on drugs.
Cambridgeshire police will launch its annual summer drink driving campaign tomorrow in a bid to try and cut the number of casualties on the county’s roads caused by accidents linked to drink or drugs.
The force chooses to stage its campaign every summer, because the warmer weather often leads to an increase in the amount of alcohol consumed and figures historically show a spike in the number of drink driving incidents during the summer months.
This year’s crackdown will be extra tough because of the added complication of the World Cup, which kicks off on June 11.
Inspector Chris Skepper, who is leading the campaign, said: “As the weather warms up and, with the World Cup, there is likely to be an increase in the number of people so- cialising, celebrating and drinking.
“Anyone doing so and planning on driving has a responsibility to themselves and other road users to ensure they do not drive under the influence.”
Insp Skepper said many drink drivers fail to consider the consequences of getting behind the wheel when they are not fit to drive.
He said: “Drink and drug drivers are not only putting their own lives at risk but also the lives of others.
“Our message is clear – if you drive under the influence of drink and drugs, expect to be caught and brought to justice.”
The Cambridgeshire police campaign is part of a nationwide drink driving clampdown staged by police forces across the UK each summer.
It will run throughout June and will see police conducting stop checks on vehicles at random loca- tions and times across the county.
They will be giving breath tests to drivers and carrying old Field Impairment Tests, which require drivers to perform certain tasks – such as walking in a straight line – to a certain standard to show that they are fit to drive.
Field Impairment Tests are the tool officers use to detect whether drivers may be under the influence of drugs, which can be more difficult to test for by the roadside than alcohol.
Last year, 113 people were arrested in Cambridgeshire during the summer drink driving campaign - a drop on the 133 motorists arrested for similar offences in 2008.
Insp Skepper said this shows that the police action is slowly having an effect and making drivers think twice about getting in their cars after having a drink or indulging in drug use.
He said police efforts would continue to drive down the problem: “Cambridgeshire Constabulary is committed to reducing the number of drink-drivers and we will do all we can to ensure those over the limit or under the influence of drugs are dealt with appropriately.”
TWO police officers cycle through Central Park which is currently looking at its best. The officers were on their way to a new police hub next to the rangers’ office.
ACTION: Police will be carrying out spot checks, like the one in Thorpe Road (above) in their new summer campaign.