Police officers have seen a ‘staggering’ increase in the number of motorists caught while driving under the influence of drugs in Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire Police have attempted to crackdown on the problem training more officers to detect drugs and launching a text alert to inform the authorities if someone has got behind the wheel when high.
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The police have now issued figures showing nine drivers were caught in three weeks before Christmas drug-driving on the county’s roads.
A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police told BBC Lincolnshire: “We did have the wipes last year but we have more people trained and more people out there this year. We have had nine people [in the first three weeks of December] and that is a staggeringly high number.”
Lincolnshire Police launched a drink and drug drive campaign earlier this year to enable people to report a drink or drug driver using a short code SMS text service.
Simply text the word DRINK (or) DRUG to 80800 with details of:
- Who the person is and/or the vehicle registration
- Where the person is or will be drinking
- When the person is likely to drive
The police will use the information to stop, arrest and process the driver through the courts but the stress it is only to be used for non-emergency cases.
If you see a drink/drug driver actually driving you should call 999.