Warning to Melton and Rutland drivers as Leicestershire Police launches drink and drug driving blitz

Leicestershire Police is stepping up patrols during its drink/drug campaign over the festive period EMN-151124-162506001
Leicestershire Police is stepping up patrols during its drink/drug campaign over the festive period EMN-151124-162506001
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Motorists across Melton and Rutland are being reminded of the dangers of driving while impaired through drink or

drugs throughout December.

With the arrival of the festive season Leicestershire Police is launching its December drink and drug driving campaign which will see more patrols out on the streets. Checks will be made at random locations at any time of the day or night - early in the morning, at lunchtime or during the night.

An average of 70 drivers a month have been arrested so far this year for drink drive offence. Offenders of all ages, both male and female, were arrested around the clock in urban and rural areas across the police force area.

Chief inspector Phil Vickers, who is heading up the regional drink/drug drive campaign across the East Midlands, said: “Cracking down on those who get behind the wheel and are unfit to drive through drink or drugs is a year round commitment for Leicestershire Police.

“However, we’re very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive who are unfit to do so.

“We’d advise drivers to plan ahead by leaving the car at home, sharing a taxi or taking public transport or alternatively nominating a designated driver who is fit to drive.”