Officers from Cleveland Police are continuing their drink and drug driving campaign in the run up to Christmas and the New Year. Officers have already tested hundreds of drivers throughout the Cleveland Force area and have made arrests for not only for drink/drug driving but numerous of other motoring offences.

During the ongoing Christmas drink and drug drive campaign, officers are encouraging those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs not to get behind the wheel and to use alternative transport, such as taxis, private hire vehicles, buses or trains.

Sergeant Mark Kewley said: “Ensuring that people are safe on our roads is one of our priorities in the roads policing unit and therefore it is really important for the protection of everyone using the road networks to make sure that all vehicles are safe enough to be on the road.

“We don’t want anyone’s lives to be put at risk unnecessarily and throughout the year we carry out checks on licensed vehicles along with other vehicles to ensure that they’re road worthy, meet safety standards and have the necessary licences in place.

“We have recently launched our Christmas drink and drug driving campaign, where we are encouraging people to use alternative forms of transport, such as taxis, rather than get behind the wheel whilst under the influence.  

Police urge members of the public to do their bit in reducing the number of drink drivers on the region’s roads. If you see someone getting into a driver’s seat who you know is under the influence of drugs or alcohol dial 999 immediately.

The campaign continues throughout December and into January, in order to help keep people on our roads as safe as possible.

If you’re going out this weekend, make sure that you arrange a lift or get a taxi – don’t get behind the wheel whilst under the influence. Don’t take the risk.

Anyone who wishes to make a report regarding suspected drink or drug driving can contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Last Updated on 7 February 2024