Lancashire

Drink-driving campaign stepped up in Lancashire

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Image caption Patrols are being increased around the region

Drink-drivers are being targeted in Lancashire as police step up their safety campaign ahead of the World Cup.

Officers in Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre have said they will be carrying out roadside stop-checks to clamp down on motorists who are over the limit.

High-visibility patrols will also be stepped up around the region.

Lancashire Constabulary said the campaign was beginning ahead of the summer weather, when it said people relax their attitudes to drink-driving.

Officers will be at Sainsbury's in Lancaster later, where a twisted and dented car will be on display to highlight the dangers of drinking and driving.

Sgt Nigel Ralphson said: "It's not just about the obvious risks of drink driving, but the long-term impact a conviction for drink-driving would have."

He added: "The worst days tend to be nice summer days when the sky is blue, the sun is shining and people become more relaxed in their attitudes to drink-driving.

"Also drivers who use drugs should be aware that all road policing officers are now trained to recognise potential drug intoxication and will conduct roadside tests if they suspect impairment through drug use."

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