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Essex Police begin summer drink driving campaign

News / Tue 2nd Jun 2015 pm30 12:26pm

Drink DriveESSEX Police is asking the public to report drink and drug drivers as part of its annual summer crackdown.

The month-long campaign, which launched on Monday, will target areas with busy nighttime economies, but also more rural areas where people think they have less chance of being caught.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager, who is leading the campaign, said: “This summer will be the first campaign with new drug-testing kits to detect cannabis and cocaine, as well as breathalysers to measure alcohol levels. We are better equipped than ever and officers will continue to crack down on irresponsible drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence, but we need the public’s help. We’re asking residents to take some responsibility for the safety of their community and tell us about people who put the lives of innocent road users at risk by driving drunk or high on drugs.

“Anyone with information can call Essex Police any time of day or night on 101. However we understand there are some people who would rather not speak to police and would prefer to remain anonymous so we’re encouraging them to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Information received will then be passed to my team to act on.

“Crimestoppers only want to know what you know, not who you are. You won’t have to give your personal details, make any kind of statement or go to court.”

But Mr Pipe reminded people to call 999 immediately if know someone is drunk and see them get behind the wheel.

As well as breath tests, officers will be using new drug testing kits to detect illegal following the introduction of new legislation in March this year.

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