POLICE are to launch their annual summer campaign to crack down on drink and drug driving.

Aimed to coincide with the start of the school holidays, officers will be out on high-visibility patrol carrying out roadside checks to catch drivers under the influence.

And bosses said they will be looking out for early morning motorists driving while still under the influence from the night before.

Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, head of road policing, said: "For many of us, the holiday season is just about to start so if you’re heading out to socialise and will be drinking alcohol please consider ‘how am I going to get home?'

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"Whether it’s walking, catching the bus or train or arranging to share a taxi, please keep your car keys in your pocket, or better still, leave the car at home.

"I urge all drivers to abstain from alcohol if you are getting behind the wheel and remember that you may still be over the limit the following morning, so it is very important to limit the amount of alcohol you consume and leave plenty of time after your last drink before driving the next day.

"Everyone's metabolism is unique to them, and their bodies react to alcohol differently, so it is essential that all drivers take seriously, their personal responsibility to ensure they are fit to drive.

"Worryingly, many drivers are still putting themselves and others at risk of being killed or seriously injured.

During last summer's awareness campaign, 195 drivers were caught over the drink limit or intoxicated with drugs.

This year's Summer Drink and Drug Drive Campaign starts on Monday, June 24.

Mr Carle added: "Most drivers understand the lasting damage that can be caused to themselves and others by drink/drug driving.

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"But it is shocking that there remains a persistent minority who selfishly disregard the law and gravely and recklessly risk the safety of other road users.

"For those who ignore the law, there is a minimum 12 month driving ban when you are caught, a criminal record, a substantial fine and the possibility of a prison sentence and the confiscation of your motor vehicle.

"Drink and drug driving wrecks lives - #DontRiskIt.

"Please plan ahead, think about how you are getting home and continue to respect the law, other road users and yourself."