New crackdown on drink and drug driving

SIX of the 39 people killed on Suffolk's roads in 2007 died in crashes where drink or drugs were a major factor, police announced today.

SIX of the 39 people killed on Suffolk's roads in 2007 died in crashes where drink or drugs were a major factor, police announced today.

The force said the figures, which also revealed that 29 people were seriously injured in such accidents, showed there were still motorists who continued to break the law with sometimes fatal consequences.

The news comes as Suffolk police prepare to launch their month-long Summer Drink and Drug Drive enforcement campaign, which begins on June 1.

Roadside checks will be stepped up and officers will be breath-testing anyone involved in a collision, however minor.

Superintendent John Everett said: “If you drink drive or take drugs and drive, you are more likely to get caught than ever before.

“Suffolk Constabulary is committed to tackling this issue and we are warning those who break the law in this way that they will be caught.

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“The police are well aware of the various means used by drink and drug drivers to avoid detection. We are taking steps to make the roads safer by making sure that those who drink or drug drive are arrested and face the consequences of their actions.

“By drinking or taking drugs and driving you could lose your licence, your livelihood and ruin your life. Be sensible, be safe, and arrange a lift home, or appoint a designated driver.

“If you are going out on a night out, remember to book a cab, choose a nominated driver or, if you are at a friend's house, stay over for the night.”

Police are appealing for members of the public to inform if they suspect someone is drinking or taking drugs and driving.

“They are a danger to themselves, to you, your family and others, and they should be stopped,” said supt Everett.

Anyone who suspects someone they know of drink or drug driving is asked to report them immediately to the police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.