Younger drivers will be targeted as Lancashire Police’s summer drink driving campaign launches today.
The crackdown will see high-profile enforcement activity take place across the county throughout June with a focus on under-25s and daytime drinkers.
There will be checkpoints at key locations where officers will administer drink and drugs tests.
Chief Insp Debbie Howard said: “We know that people like to make the most of the warmer weather in the summer months and this can sometimes lead to more alcohol being consumed.
“We want people to enjoy themselves but to be aware of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“The consequences of drink driving are high – a conviction could mean that you lose your job, home, family and friends. Not only that but you are more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn’t been drinking, potentially resulting in serious injury or even death.”
In 2012, 44,996 drivers were required to provide a roadside breath test in Lancashire. Of these drivers, 1,690 – or 3.8 per cent – failed or refused the test.
Paul Binks, Lancashire County Council road and transport safety manager, said: “It has taken years of hard work to change attitudes to drink driving and achieve the much safer roads we have now.
“The work being carried out by the police this summer is vital to ensure that people continue to realise the risk.”