Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police Safer Roads Partnership is launching a publicity campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink and drug driving during the festive period.
Over the past three years, four people were killed and 74 seriously injured in Warwickshire following collisions where drink or drugs were involved.
There will be additional activity from police officers within Warwickshire, with extra patrols being conducted from the start of December into the new year. There will also be a higher police presence in licensed venues with officers handing out campaign material.
Superintendent Daryn Elton for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said: “Cracking down on those who take drugs or drink and then drive is a year round commitment for us. However, we are very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive after taking drugs or drinking.
“To combat this, extra patrols will be conducted in the run up to and over Christmas and New Year, in a bid to tackle those who commit the unacceptable act of drink or drug driving.
“Worryingly, and despite many warnings over the years about the dangers of drink and drug driving, there are still far too many reckless drivers ignoring the devastating consequences.
“Alcohol and drugs both affect your ability to judge speed and distances accurately and slow down your reaction time. We’re urging people to think hard about the consequences that a collision could lead to.”