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Drink and drug driving

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Although drinking and driving or getting behind the wheel while impaired is much more socially unacceptable than in the past, there are still a small minority of motorists who are either ignorant of the dangers or who are prepared to run the risk.

Sadly the risks are very real. Around 12% of all deaths in reported road traffic collisions in the UK in 2015 involved at least one driver over the drink drive limit. Between 2014 and 2016 in Warwickshire and West Mercia, 211 people have been killed or seriously injured as a result of collisions involving drink or drugs.

Reducing these numbers is a priority for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, and officers are committed to year-round enforcement of offences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, as well as additional targeted campaigns during the summer and Christmas periods when drink / drug drive offences typically increase. Every time the police attend a road traffic incident, they breathalyse the drivers at the scene.

Drug driving laws introduced in 2015 make it a lot easier for the police to tackle drivers who choose to drive while under the influence of drugs, with new roadside drug testing kits in place to detect cannabis and cocaine.

Alongside police enforcement activity, we aim to raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug driving through education campaigns throughout the year using social media advertising, radio adverts and traditional media channels.

Our message is very simple: If you're driving, don't drink any alcohol at all. Alcohol affects everyone very differently and any amount can impair your ability to drive. The ONLY safe option is to avoid alcohol completely if you're driving as even 'just one drink' could put you over the limit. Why risk it? 

In this section, you can also read some Drink and drug driving - The facts and information on Drink and drug driving - The penalties  if you are caught.