Drivers in the capital are being warned of the dangers of drink and drug driving as the Met launches its annual Christmas safety campaign.
Throughout December officers from the Met’s Traffic Unit will carry out a series of operations aimed at tackling instances of drunk or drug driving including roadside breath tests and a series of exercises known as Field Impairment Tests (FITs), designed to test for drugs.
Chief Superintendent David Snelling, Head of the MPS Traffic Unit, said: “Some people may think it’s harmless to drive home after a few drinks, particularly during the Christmas season when they want to go out and celebrate the festive period with friends and family. Sadly we know that’s not true, and officers are out on the streets every day dealing with the grief and devastation caused by these decisions.”
The force is warning drivers that they face the loss of their licence, a fine or prison if caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
Chief Superintendent Snelling said drivers ” need to be aware there are very real consequences to their actions. Not only do they risk arrest and imprisonment, they are also putting themselves and the lives of others at danger. Why would you do that?”