POLICE are urging motorists to think before they drink this Christmas and New Year - warning officers will be breathalysing drivers at checkpoints across South Yorkshire over the festive season.
In addition to testing motorists after a collision or if they suspect they have been drinking, officers will be pulling them over at all times of the day and night in the hope the extra checks will reduce drink driving on the county’s roads.
The annual month-long drink driving campaign was launched yesterday.
The aim is to cut the number of people killed and injured on South Yorkshire’s roads by motorists who get behind the wheel after a drink.
South Yorkshire’s Chief Inspector for Roads Policing, Stuart Walne, said: “Both the police and public know drink driving kills people and is a factor in road traffic collisions.
“It is an all year round issue that takes on a special relevance and poignancy at this time of year.
“South Yorkshire Police will conduct roadside tests at various times throughout the day at a number of different locations, not just at pub closing times. “If you have been out drinking at night you must be aware that you could still be over the limit the morning afterwards and therefore may be driving illegally.
“We hope our high profile awareness-raising will help remind drivers drinking and driving wrecks lives and will not be tolerated.
“If you know someone who regularly drives while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, I would urge you to contact South Yorkshire Police.”
The crackdown forms part of the Shaken and Slurred safety and law enforcement campaign run by South Yorkshire Police over the festive season.
The James Bond-themed campaign will concentrate on safe socialising, anti-social drinking and domestic violence.
Test purchase operations will expose pubs and clubs serving alcohol to underage customers, fixed penalty notices will be issued and there will be extra police patrols.
Chief Insp Shaun Morley said: “We are all for people enjoying themselves over Christmas and New Year and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas. People’s safety is our priority and we are asking members of the public to help us by not putting themselves in danger.”
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 55511 to report a drink driver.