Drink and drug driving campaign launched

SUFFOLK Constabulary is set to join a Europe-wide drink and drug driving campaign for one week in June.Police will be taking part in the European Traffic Police Network (known as TISPOL), Alcohol and Drug Driving Enforcement Campaign in a bid to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county's road.

SUFFOLK Constabulary is set to join a Europe-wide drink and drug driving campaign for one week in June.

Police will be taking part in the European Traffic Police Network (known as TISPOL), Alcohol and Drug Driving Enforcement Campaign in a bid to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county's road.

Some 47 people were killed on Suffolk's roads in 2006 so the aim of the campaign is to further raise awareness of driver impairment by drink and drugs, which are thought to be the key contributor to deaths on the road.

Within Europe more than 40,000 people are killed and 1.6million are injured through road collisions annually.

Suffolk Constabulary will be joining the campaign between June 4 and 10.

Chief inspector Martin Barnes-Smith, head of Suffolk Constabulary's road policing unit said: “We are committed to working with our Roadsafe partners to reduce collisions and casualties. Drinking and drug driving is a year round problem; publicising campaigns such as the Europe wide TISPOL campaign helps to concentrate the mind on the unacceptable face of drink and drug driving.

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“The overall message of this campaign is that the only safe limit is none.”

Those caught drink driving have been warned they would appear in court in a matter of days and face a driving disqualification and fine or even imprisonment.

If you know anyone who may be drinking or taking drugs on a regular basis and drives, call the police on 01473 613500 or email via the Tell The Police link on their website at www.suffolk.police.uk . Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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