A POLICE crackdown on drink and drug driving over the Christmas period is underway.

Hampshire Police has begun its annual Operation Holly campaign.

The month-long campaign is aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers across Hampshire and Thames Valley.

Between 1 December and 1 January, officers say they will be carrying out breath tests, drug tests and field impairment test “at every opportunity”.

Sgt 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.

“If you know someone who drink or drug drives you can help by reporting them on 101, or call 999 if they are driving or immediately about to drive under the influence.

“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 & drugs can still have the morning after.”

Last year, more than 4,200 breath tests were carried out across the two areas, resulting in 201 drink-driving arrests and 74 for drug driving.