Roadside breath test to increase in Bedford Borough over Christmas

Traffic Police making enquiries

Bedfordshire Police will be carrying more roadside breath tests to catch drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol over Christmas.

Last year, 77 people were arrested in December for drink and drug driving related offences.

Anyone caught drink or drug driving could be banned from driving, receive a large fine, and a criminal record.

“We’re committed to keeping people in Bedfordshire safe over Christmas and that includes making our roads safer by arresting those who drive under the influence of either drink or drugs,” said Sergeant Ian Trew

“We’ll be carrying out regular additional patrols on the road network across the county, stopping motorists and asking them to carry out a breath test so we can ensure they’re fit to drive.

“We’re also urging the public to help us by reporting anyone who they think may be driving while under the influence. Drink and drug driving can have absolutely devastating consequences.

“We’re urging people to use public transport, book a licensed taxi, or arrange for a designated non-drinking driver to get you home safely during the festive period rather than putting your own life, and the lives of others, at risk.

“Please also remember that you may still be over the limit the morning after, so don’t get behind the wheel unless you are sure that all the alcohol has left your system – this takes a lot longer than you may think.”

Anyone wishing to report an incident of drink or drug driving should call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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