Christmas drink drive warning

Drink and drive checks by police on Whitegate Drive.  PCC Clive Grunshaw with PC Adam Lloyd.
Drink and drive checks by police on Whitegate Drive. PCC Clive Grunshaw with PC Adam Lloyd.
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A high-profile operation has seen Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner team up with police to highlight the dangers of driving the morning after drinking.

Clive Grunshaw joined officers as they stopped dozens of drivers at a roadside checkpoint.

The morning of action came as part of Lancashire Police’s annual Christmas drink-drive crackdown and was designed to highlight to motorists the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

High-profile checkpoints are being set up across the county during the month of December, and officers are administering drink and drug tests to anyone they believe may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Commissioner said: “Enforcement activity is vital to highlight to Lancashire’s residents how serious the Constabulary is about catching those drivers who put both their lives and the lives of other people at risk by drink-driving.

“I am fully supportive of the Constabulary’s ongoing operation, and I believe it is spreading a very important message.

“I want everyone across Lancashire to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas, and anyone who police find is putting that at risk by getting behind the wheel while over the limit will be arrested.”

Clive Grunshaw also joined representatives from Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s A and E Department to highlight the demand drink-driving places on all three emergency services.

Last year more than 280 people were caught drink driving in Lancashire during the drink drive campaign.