Dorset's festive drink-drive campaign starts

A Dorset police crackdown targeting drivers impaired by drink or drugs over the festive period is to get under way.

Dorset Police's annual four-week campaign will run from Wednesday until 1 January.

There will be more traffic patrols, road-side checks and drivers involved in a collision will be breathalysed.

Anyone caught breaking the law faces a minimum 12-month driving ban, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000, a spokesman said.

Ch Insp Bob Nichols, head of Dorset Police's traffic unit, said: "During the festive season some people may be tempted to drink and drive, but if they do, the consequences could be devastating.

"Not only do drink drivers risk their own lives, they also risk the lives of innocent road users.

"My advice to drivers is simple, 'don't get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all, as research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive'."

Officers made 103 arrests during the force's four-week campaign last year.

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