A summer crackdown on drink and drug driving is in progress in Hampshire.

The two-week campaign by Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police’s joint roads policing unit began on Monday and continues until August 28.

Ch Insp Chris Spellerberg said: “The message is simple – if you’re drinking alcohol, let someone else do the driving. If you think you are safe to drive after drinking, think again.

“Operations like this one are vitally important to bring the message home – this is all about saving lives and reducing harm on our roads. The consequences of driving while impaired are so impactive. Too many people have lost their lives or been seriously injured as a result of drink and drug drivers.”

Ch Insp Spellerberg reminded people that thinking ahead can eliminate the problem.

He said: “We are urging people to plan how they will be getting home from parties, barbecues and days at the beach in advance if you will be drinking. Book a taxi, use public transport or have a designated driver so nobody gets behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.

“Another thing we want to highlight is you may still be over the limit the next day, as it can take hours for alcohol and drugs to leave your system.

“Even the slightest amount of alcohol or drugs in your system has the ability to affect the way you drive. It’s not worth the risk.”