Nottinghamshire Police have a number of additional resources to help their campaign. Source: Nottinghamshire Police Specials Twitter

Nottinghamshire Police is launching its annual drink and drug drive campaign today in its effort to catch dangerous drivers.

The festive season usually sees a rise in drink-driving and accidents because of the parties, family gatherings and celebrations, and so the month-long campaign aims to stop this.

As part of this campaign, officers will be patrolling at key times and locations, and will have more officers than ever trained to use drug wipes to ensure that drug-drivers face the justice they deserve for putting lives at risk.

Ch Insp Allardice said: “To put others at risk in this way is so selfish, entirely avoidably and it can completely tear innocent families apart when inevitably something goes wrong.

“Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is always a significant danger, but at Christmas the risks are even more prevalent with darker nights, bad weather coupled with various festivities.”

Last year’s campaign was highly successful, as 179 people who had been drink and drug driving were arrested, and the police are hoping for similar success this year.

Commander Kyle Gordon, the lead for road operations, said: “My advice is the same as always; do not drink or drug drive, and do not let anyone you know do so either.

“The chances of being caught, put in a police cell and losing your driving licence and your job, is high.”

If you believe someone is drink or drug driving, call 101 or 999.