July 31st, 2007 11:07 EST
U.K. - Met crackdown on drink and drug driving
The Met launches its summer crackdown on drink and drug driving today in support of the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) Summer Drink and Drug Driving Enforcement Campaign.
The month long campaign will see traffic officers out in force combating the seasonal increase in drink and drug drive offences.
Slowing the traffic flow down, they will select and stop vehicles to carry out checks on vehicles and drivers. Drivers will be given drink and drug drive advice by the roadside and if an officer suspects them of an alcohol offence, they will be breath tested.
Where a driver has passed a breath test but does not seem alert, officers have been trained to detect drug use through field impairment testing, and, under new legislation, drivers can be arrested for refusing to take the tests.
The MPS Traffic Unit is committed to ensuring that those who break the law will be prosecuted.
Chief Superintendent David Snelling, of the MPS Traffic Unit, said:
"Most people like to enjoy an evening in the pub or in the garden with friends in the summer months. But if you drive home the consequences could ruin your life and the lives of others.
"Drink and drugs seriously affects the ability to judge speed and distances, reduces concentration and slows reactions. The chances of being involved in a collision are significantly increased - which may result in serious injury or death.
"As well as these dangers, you may lose your job as a result or job or end up in prison. The safest option is not to drink at all if you plan to drive."