“Drink or drug driving is simply not worth the risk", warns Wiltshire Police's roads policing team as the national campaign kicks off this month.

The national drink and drug drive campaign, which is led by the National Police Chiefs Council and runs throughout December, aims to raise awareness of the potential dangers and consequences of driving under the influence.

Wiltshire's community policing teams are supporting the road policing unit to target offenders across Wiltshire by increasing patrols and operational activity and conduct high profile and intelligence-led traffic stops.

More than 670 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving and more than 790 on suspicion of drug driving in Wiltshire last year.

Offenders can be handed a 12-month driving ban, a large fine and a criminal record.

Insurance premiums can be seriously affected and a criminal conviction means travelling to some countries like the US may be off-limits.

Inspector Mark Freeman, head of Wiltshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: "It has been another challenging year, so we want you to enjoy the festive season, however we want you to do so safely.

“Driving under the influence of drugs, prescription or illegal, or under the influence of alcohol impairs judgement, motor skills and reaction time."

It not only places the driver at risk, but those in the vehicle, other road users and pedestrians.”

“We have all heard of the devastating consequences drink or drug driving can have, and we all need to support each other to make the right decision when it comes to staying safe.

“Don’t let friends drink or drug drive.

“Quite simply, we all need to look out for each other and be the voice of safety and reason when needed.

“Remember drugs and alcohol can stay in your system for a number of hours so no matter what the social setting you could still be over the limit the next morning.

“Drink or drug driving is simply not worth the risk.”

The consequences are massive for those caught drink or drug driving.

Anyone worried someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs should call 101 and select option 2 for the Drink Drive hotline, or make a report using the Wiltshire Police website. In an emergency, dial 999.

Report a crime completely anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111 or visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/