A CRACKDOWN on drink and drug drivers will continue throughout the festive period.

The driving offences ruin lives, say police.

Officers have been targeting motorists who get behind the wheel while impaired as part of a campaign called Operation Holly.

On Friday, December 18, they stopped 33 motorists on Northam Road, Southampton, near to the industrial estate.

Two drivers failed a roadside drugs wipe and another blew a positive reading for alcohol and was arrested for drink driving.

Along with the positive drink and drug tests, officers also dealt with:

• Three vehicle seizures for no insurance

• Two drivers being reported for traffic offences

• 25 motorists given advice for minor motoring offences

• and one vehicle which failed to stop, leading to further enquiries as the registration number was obtained.

Police will continue to carry out stops over Christmas and New Year.

A police spokesperson said: "While this Christmas is going to be different for many people, please do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired. Alcohol can still be in your system and affect you the morning after, so please consider how much you are drinking carefully if you need to drive.

"Our message is simple; it's not worth the risk."