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New Norfolk Police campaign targets drink and drug-drivers

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Police in West Norfolk are taking part in a week-long enforcement campaign targeting drink and drug-drivers.

The initiative, which began yesterday, is being overseen by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

It is intended to target motorists in areas where intelligence suggests offences are being committed, as well as those who are either involved in crashes or who are found to be committing moving traffic offences.

Breath test (44007492)
Breath test (44007492)

Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, head of Norfolk Police’s combined Roads and Armed Policing Team, said yesterday: “As coronavirus restrictions have lifted this summer, we have begun to see more traffic back on the roads again and as a natural consequence of that more offences being committed.

“People can once again go to pubs, clubs and restaurants and also visit the homes of friends and family, which disappointingly creates the increased prospect of individuals taking risks and driving over the prescribed limit.”

“If you choose to take that risk, then you could end up ruining the lives of others including your own.

“You are many times more likely to be involved in serious collision if over the drink or drug limit and 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash if you have consumed both.

“Ask yourself if you want to be responsible for killing someone and the devastating impact it has on loved ones?

“If that isn’t enough to deter you, then maybe the prospect of a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison is? Don’t do it, the risk just isn’t worth it.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Giles Orpen-Smellie, added: “The greatest threat to life and limb in Norfolk arises not from traditional crime but from incidents on our roads.

“Driving under the influence of drugs or drink is one of the ‘Fatal Four’ factors in deaths and serious injuries – alongside speeding, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and not wearing a seat belt.

“Tens of people are killed on our roads each year, with hundreds more seriously injured. The more the police can do to reduce the casualty toll by enforcing the law, the safer all road users will be.”

The campaign continues until Sunday.

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