More than 5,500 drivers were breathalysed by Wiltshire Police on suspicion of drink driving according to figures released at the start of the Christmas drink drug drive campaign.

And 1034 of them lost their licences and were fined.

The force, which is supporting the national campaign, is using the wreck of a car crashed by a drunk driver, killing his passenger, to bring home the impact of driving under the influence.

Roadshows are planned for Marlborough High Street today between 10am and 2pm and in Warminstwer on Friday.

Insp Mark Freeman, of Specialist Operations, said: “Since 2015 we have had the ability to make roadside checks for suspected drug drivers as well as those who risk drinking and driving. The drug wipe test equipment makes it far easier to detect those who have taken drugs without the need to return to custody. It is a simple test that just takes minutes.

Assistant Chief Constable, Maggie Blyth, said: “Drink or drug driving is a very serious offence by people who make such a senseless life choice that they put innocent lives in danger as well as their own. We wish to ensure that we do all we can to help keep Wiltshire roads safe and we will be making extra effort to catch those who decide to drink and/or drug drive.

We don’t wish to be killjoys but neither do we wish for anyone to be killed by irresponsible drink or drug drivers. If you are going out to celebrate plan how to get home safely in advance.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, said: “I fully support Wiltshire Police in its determination not to tolerate motorists who take the risk of driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

“The message is that anyone who thinks of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs will run the terrible risk of endangering pedestrians, cyclists other drivers, their passengers and themselves, at what should be a time of peace and goodwill. It is simply not worth the risk.”

Anyone wanting to report drug/drink driving should call Wiltshire Police on 101 and select the option for the Drink Drive Hotline.