‘Don’t even think about it’

Drink drive campaign launched.

Drink drive campaign launched.

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Drink-drivers have been issued a stark warning ahead of the festive season - “you won’t get away it”.

Lancashire Police’s seasonal drink and drug driving campaign gets underway today, with checkpoints being set up on roads across the Fylde to catch dangeorus motorists who are under the influence.

Sgt John Jennings-Wharton, from Blackpool’s road policing unit, said: “There will always be a very small proportion of society that no matter what you do to try and combat it, they’ll still drink-drive.

“Our message is you won’t get away with it and we will do our utmost to identify those that are drink-drive, bring you to justice and prosecute you.”

Last year in the force’s western division, which covers the Fylde coast, 98.9 per cent of drivers tested during the campaign passed.

Just 24, or 1.1 per cent of those tested, either failed or refused the test - and Sgt Jennings-Wharton hopes that number will drop in the coming month.

He added: “Our hopes are that there’s going to be a reduction.

“We’ll be targeting key roads in and out of the Blackpool area going of the intelligence received for previous operations and for members of the public.

“A lot of our work comes from members of the public informing us of people persistently drink-driving.

“Some of our target roads are going to be rural roads too so it’s not the case that if you’re drinking in your local country pub you’ll get away with it.”

County-wide, a total of 18,964 tests were administered throughout the month of December with 274 people, or 1.4 per cent, failing the test and seven people, or 0.04 per cent, refusing to provide a specimen.

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

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “The message to Lancashire’s residents this Christmas is clear – do not drink and drive.

“Christmas is a time to have fun and socialise with family and friends, but the consequences of getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs could be absolutely devastating.

“I am fully supportive of the Constabulary’s campaign to target those people who risk both their own lives and the lives of those around them this Christmas.”

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