Police checkpoints running to catch drink and drug-drivers this Christmas

Police are manning checkpoints across Lancashire this Christmas as part of a drunk and drug-driving campaign.

Wednesday, 23rd December 2020, 3:45 pm

The mobile units have been been targeting different areas and different roads each day, with motorists stopped for roadside breath and drugs tests.

Yesterday, officers were in Lydiate Lane in Leyland as well as Colne and Lancaster.

In the Leyland area, 62 breath tests were carried out and all were negative.

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Checkpoints are being manned across the county

Six Traffic Offence Reports were issued for excess speed and officers made five interventions under the "Top Tips To Drivers" campaign for secondary offences - predominantly lighting offences, with drivers given education on the importance of conducting winter vehicle checks with the majority of morning and evening commutes being in the dark at this time of year.

Insp Catherine Platt said: “There are still drivers willing to take risks behind the wheel when they are unfit due to drink and/or drugs.

“Today’s activity is a reflection of the work which goes on every single day of the campaign, and regularly throughout the rest of the year, and we hope it sends the message that we will continue to target drivers who put other road users at risk to keep the communities of Lancashire safe for all.

“We know this year has been difficult, to say the least, and when households are allowed to mix on Christmas Day it may be tempting to have a few drinks and then try to get home.

Police carrying out checks on the A49 in Leyland

“But please don’t get behind the wheel under the influence and put yourself and others in danger – it is never, ever worth the risk.”