As we launch a month-long drink and drive campaign over the festive season, officers are warning that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs not only ruins Christmas but can destroy lives forever.
Officers will be enforcing the campaign whilst on patrol and by carrying out roadside checks due to the serious consequences of drink or drug driving.
Even if people go out or stay at home to celebrate, they may not realise they are still over the limit if they drive the next day.
Drinking or drug taking impairs reaction times and the ability to think clearly. As a result, motorists who drive are under the influence are more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal collision.
Bedfordshire officers will be supporting their colleagues in the Roads Policing Unit on operations and patrols throughout the month.
Inspector Ed Finn, from our North Community Policing team, said: “We understand that after the difficulties and disappointment of not being able to celebrate Christmas with friends and family last year, some people will want to make the most of festivities this year, but we are urging you to keep safe and not put lives and livelihoods at risk by driving under the influences of drink or drugs.
“It is important to remember that alcohol takes time to leave your system and it is very difficult to know exactly how much alcohol has been consumed and how long it will take to leave your bloodstream. You may still be over the drink drive limit the following morning.
“Drink and drug driving destroys lives, the ripple effects are far reaching and it is something that can be completely avoided.
“We will have additional officers out on patrol during the festive period focussing on road safety and if we catch you driving under the influence, we will prosecute you.”
To report an incident of drink or drug driving, call 101 or 999 in an emergency.