DRIVERS are being targeted in a month-long campaign against the “destruction” caused by collisions involving those under the influence.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police’s Joint Operations Unit have launched It’s Not Worth the Risk, which is targeting drink and drug drivers, and is encouraging motorists not to drink alcohol or take drugs then get behind the wheel.

The campaign, which started on Sunday, runs until January 1. Officers will be carrying out breath tests, drug tests and field impairment tests at every opportunity.

Police say on average, 20 per cent of all fatal collisions involve an impairment from drink or drugs, and in Hampshire police say they catch around 400 drink drivers a month.

Sergeant Scott Kerr, road safety sergeant for Hampshire and Thames Valley Police said: “Every year officers deal with cases of drink or drug driving that directly result in families facing Christmas without loved ones. Even the smallest amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can affect your ability to drive safely.

“Friends, colleagues and family members can positively influence those around them. So we are calling on them to stop potential drink or drug drivers from getting behind the wheel and risking tragedy this Christmas.

“We’ll be running targeted operations across the region to enforce the law on drink and drug driving. If you drive under the influence, you can face a fine of up to £5,000, disqualification from driving, and a lengthy prison sentence.

“I am urging people to plan ahead during the festive season to think about how you’re going to get home and don’t forget about the impact alcohol and drugs can still have the morning after.

“Our message is simple. Don’t drink or drug drive — it’s not worth the risk.”

The public are encouraged to report drink and drug drivers with as much information and detail as possible so they can be targeted.

If you know someone who drink or drug drives you can report them on 101 or via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111. If the person is an immediate risk to the public and themselves, call 999.