Today, 1 December, sees the launch of our December drink and drug drive campaign – Operation Limit 2.
Through this road safety campaign, we will warn people of the consequences of driving with alcohol or drugs in their system. We will spell out the penalties if you are caught during our intensive period of enforcement across the county this festive period. We will also show the consequences of causing a fatal collision with a new video ‘delivering the message’ where Sgt Mike Templeman talks about the trauma a family experience when we tell them their loved one has died on our roads.
Officers will be carrying out extra patrols with checkpoints at key locations for drink and drug testing. Inspector Jason Baxter of the Roads Policing Unit said: "We can’t be everywhere, but we could be anywhere. That’s the message we want to get across to every driver on Lincolnshire’s roads. If the threat of being caught is not deterrent enough, we will be giving an insight into how we approach the truly heart-breaking job of letting a family know that their loved one has lost their life as a result of a collision. Don’t let it be your fault. Take care each and every time you get behind the wheel.”
Officers will be at various locations throughout the month of December. Insp Baxter explained why: “We hear the phrase ‘catch some real criminals’ regularly, but we make no apology for targeting drink and drug drivers. It’s a potentially deadly risk to take and not one we will tolerate. If this campaign makes people think twice about drink or drug driving then it’s worth it. In 2022, 48 people died in a collision in Lincolnshire and many more were seriously injured. This is unacceptable and avoidable.”
If you drink or drug drive, you are more likely to be in a collision. In 2022, three fatal collisions and 41 serious injury collisions were as a result of drink/drug driving. Insp Baxter urged drivers to be safe this December: “There is no excuse. If you’re stopped and you fail a breathalyser or a DrugWipe test, you will face the consequences; potentially a fine, a driving ban, and a criminal conviction. If you are out drinking this December, we want you to get home safely, so arrange a taxi, or have a designated driver. Also know that you could still be over the limit the following morning.”
Delivering the message
Sgt Mike Templeman talks about delivering the message to a family of a person who has died in a fatal collision. In a new video, he explains: “When you approach the house, sometimes you can hear people laughing inside. And it just makes it all the more horrendous knowing that what you're about to tell them is going to stop that laughter."
An officer tells of his experience of advising a family that their loved one has died in a road traffic collision.