08:01AM, Monday 02 June 2014
A summer anti-drink-drive campaign goes live across the Thames Valley today. (Monday)
The emphasis is ‘the morning after’.
The force partners with Hampshire Constabulary to take part in the national anti-drink driving campaign every June.
As well as aiming to reduce the number of people who are killed or injured as a result of drink driving, police will remind motorists that receiving a conviction for drink or drug driving could ruin their lives.
“Is it worth the risk?" said Superintendent Lucy Hutson, head of roads policing for Thames Valley and Hampshire.
"The answer is simple, no it isn’t.
“After just four pints of lager, you may not be safe to drive for up to 13 hours, so whether you are drinking in the afternoon at a summer barbecue, drinking while you watch a World Cup football game or going out for a few drinks in the evening, make sure you are safe to drive.
"Just because you haven’t had a drink for a few hours, it doesn’t mean all the alcohol has left your system and you can drive, you are still likely to be over the limit."
Police will conduct drink and drug operations throughout the day and night across the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Every driver involved in a collision will also be breathalysed.
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