DORSET Police have charged 50 people with drink or drug driving so far in December.
Officers are reminding motorists that there will be increased patrols and road side checks throughout the Christmas and New Year Period.
Inspector Matt Butler from Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit said: “It’s really disappointing that so many people continue to not only put their own lives at risk, but also the loves of other innocent road users.
“I have seen far too many lives lost on the roads due to drink driving. Research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive so please don’t get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all.”
People are being encouraged to plan ahead for festive celebrations and take simple steps such as booking a taxi, nominating a designated driver or arranging overnight accommodation.
Anyone caught drink driving will face a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record and up to six months in prison.
Every driver involved in a collision during the campaign will be breath tested, even if they are not suspected of drink driving.
“I urge members of the public to dial 999 if they suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs” added Inspector Butler.
“Please be assured that your details will remain anonymous.”