POLICE are turning up the heat on drink drivers this summer. With the annual summer drink drive campaign starting on Monday and running throughout June, drivers are being warned they will face serious consequences if they get behind the wheel while under

POLICE are turning up the heat on drink drivers this summer.

With the annual summer drink drive campaign starting on Monday and running throughout June, drivers are being warned they will face serious consequences if they get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary will be working with other police forces across the South West region, undertaking breath tests on every driver involved in a collision as well as any driver committing a traffic offence.

During last year's month-long campaign, local officers administered more than 3,000 breath tests to drivers with 292 (8.5%) refusing, failing or giving a positive reading.

The campaign will also see police officers from South West forces working together to increase traffic patrols and road-side checks on drivers, as well as targeting repeat offenders and drivers reported by the public.

Inspector Richard Pryce of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary's Traffic Unit, said: "The consequences of being caught drink driving are extensive - including a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000. There may also be further financial or social consequences such as losing your job or relationship. I'd urge motorists to ask themselves whether it's really worth it. Our advice to drivers is not to get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all, as research shows that even one drink can impair your driving. Motorists just shouldn't take the risk. If you are going out for a drink this summer then plan ahead to make sure you can get home safely and without having to drive yourself."

He also asked anyone who suspects that a vehicle is being driven by someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs to contact police immediately by dialling 999, so that officers can intercept the vehicle.

Members of the public can also call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111 or Devon and Cornwall Constabulary's non-emergency number on 08452 777444. For those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired, the emergency text number 80999 is also available.