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Crack down on drink driving underway on east coast

PUBLISHED: 11:27 04 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:57 04 June 2013

Norfolk chief constable Philip Gormley with a breath test machine as he launches the Christmas Drink Drive campaign. Generic breathaliser posed by model.
Photo by Simon Finlay

Norfolk chief constable Philip Gormley with a breath test machine as he launches the Christmas Drink Drive campaign. Generic breathaliser posed by model. Photo by Simon Finlay

Archant Norfolk

Police are patrolling east Norfolk roads this month as they crack down on drink driving.

Officers from Norfolk and Suffolk’s joint Roads Policing Unit are leading the month-long campaign which follows up last year’s stint where 2,989 drivers were breath tested and 118 tested positive for driving under the influence.

Warning motorists not to drink drive assistant chief constable Charlie Hall said: “After the recent poor weather, many people will be enjoying longer evenings and meeting with friends for a drink after work and at the weekend. If the sun starts shining it quickly become barbecue season, and for younger people June sees the end of exams and studying for the summer.

“With all of this can come the temptation to drink and drive.

“It is simply not worth it; if you are convicted of drinking and driving you will receive a driving ban, a fine or a custodial sentence. You could injure yourself or others, or worse - alcohol was a factor in the deaths of five people on Norfolk and Suffolk’s roads last year (April 2012-March 2013).”

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