Wiltshire Police join National Police Chief Council’s Summer Drug Drive Campaign
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Wiltshire Roads Policing Unit and officers from the Community Policing Teams will be conducting high profile roadside checks at all times of the day and night, to catch those who pose a huge risk to themselves and the lives of other road users by taking drugs or drink.
Officers will be screening for drugs at the roadside as statistically drivers who have consumed both drugs and alcohol are 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than sober drivers. In 2021, Wiltshire Police arrested 409 people on suspicion of drug driving and 661 people on suspicion of drink driving.
Inspector Andy Moreton, of the Wiltshire Road Policing Unit, said: “This is a busy time of the year with many people heading off on holiday by road before the bank holiday or just driving to meet up with friends and family.”
“We don’t wish to spoil the holiday fun but it’s important that people plan ahead and make arrangements to get home safely when out socialising. If you are relying upon another driver to get you home safely then please ensure that they stay drug-free and sober. Drink or drug driving is simply not worth the risk and we will catch you.”
“Catching drug and drink drivers is part of our daily work every day of the year but we will be paying particular attention to those who are suspected or reported as drug driving over the next two weeks during the NPCC campaign.”
“I would urge the public to call our Drink/Drug Drive Hotline and report any driver who fails to heed this warning, as we will actively target any driver we suspect to be driving under the influence.”
Anyone wishing to report an incident of drink/drug driving should call Wiltshire Police on 101 and select option 2 for the Drink Drive hotline or report online at www.wiltshire.police.uk
In an emergency always dial 999. You can also report a crime completely anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555111