Summer drink-drive crackdown underway in South Yorkshire

Drink drive crackdown: South Yorkshire Police lanched their summer anti-drink drive campaign and stopped motorists on Penistone Road, in Sheffield.
Drink drive crackdown: South Yorkshire Police lanched their summer anti-drink drive campaign and stopped motorists on Penistone Road, in Sheffield.
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MOTORISTS across South Yorkshire are being targeted by police as the force’s summer drink drive campaign gets under way.

Dozens of drivers were given random roadside breath tests in a high visibility campaign which will continue throughout June.

Commuters driving along Penistone Road, Sheffield, were among the first to be tested during yesterday morning’s rush hour.

Acting Sergeant Anthony Tankard said in Sheffield alone around 200 motorists were tested during the morning and afternoon - and all of them passed.

Tests were due to continue into the night.

He said: “We have had no positive tests but there were some that were registering alcohol from the night before - thankfully they were under the limit and the majority of motorists are heeding the warning from previous campaigns.”

Sgt Tankard said he had five officers staffing an organised check site and pulling over members of the public to give them roadside tests.

He said: “The response to what we were doing was positive. The majority of the public are understanding about what we are trying to do.”

The high visibility campaign finishes at the end of the month but Sgt Tankard warned officers would still be cracking down on drink drivers after that date.

He added: “If people are drinking and driving they need to be aware we may be watching the pub they are in.”