Police across Europe are preparing for a week-long crackdown on drink driving, starting this Monday (13th December). The European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) will be driving the campaign to heighten awareness of the dangers of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs and police forces across the UK and Europe will be intensifying their checks of suspected drink or drug drivers.
According to TISPOL, 35,000 people died on the roads of Europe last year – and drink driving is one of the prime causes of these avoidable deaths. People who choose to drink or take drugs and then drive are deliberately exposing themselves and many other people to danger. There is no other way of looking at it.
Chief Superintendent Pasi Kemppainen is head of TISPOL’s alcohol and drug working group:
Our advice is simple. If you have had a drink, do not drive. If you need to drive, then do not drink. If you have used recreational drugs, then do not drive. If you are taking medicine, whether prescribed or purchased over the counter, then read the notes of advice that go with it. If these tell you not to drive after taking the medicine, then do not drive. The advice is there for a reason, to keep you and others safe.
TISPOL ran a similar campaign in December 2009 and caught 16,449 drink drivers and 1,119 drug drivers in one week.