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Drink and drug drivers are target of December police operation

Police in the Hertfordshire region are cracking down on people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the festive season.

Throughout December, officers in the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire road policing unit (RPU) will be conducting additional stop-checks.

Over the Christmas period last year, police stopped more than 1,400 drivers in the three counties. Of the 649 who were given breath or drugs tests, 45 were positive, refused or failed breath tests and 22 were positive drugs tests.

Sgt Ian Manley, from the unit, said: “Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving ability. We advise if you’re drinking, even one drink, that you arrange another way of getting home.”

According to British vehicle history checking company HPI, 240 people a year are killed on UK roads because of alcohol and 85,000 lose their licences because they have been caught driving over the legal limit.

Drivers caught behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs face a minimum 12-month driving ban, a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a three-month custodial sentence.

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