HAMPSHIRE Constabulary has launched its annual drink and drug driving campaign in the run up to Christmas and New Year.

Operation Holly is a join operation with the Thames Valley police force.

Running from 1 December until 1 January 2022, it combines education and enforcement.

Sergeant Dave Hazlett, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: “Every year we run Op Holly and every year we find that people still take to the roads having drunk too much alcohol or having taken drugs that will impair their driving.

“It is important to plan how you are going to get home after a Christmas party or a night out. Consider using public transport, taxis or have a designated driver, especially if going out in groups.

"Think carefully about the morning after. It’s is highly likely that you will still be over the limit the next morning as it can take hours for alcohol and drugs to leave your system.

“Even the slightest amount of alcohol or drugs in your system has the ability to effect the way you drive; increasing the risk of serious harm to either yourself or other road users.

“Therefore, this festive season, plan your journeys, think about how you are going to get home as this can reduce the chances of families facing Christmas and the future without their loved ones.

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

Sergeant Hazlett said if you know of anyone who is drink or drug driving, call 999 in an emergency, 101 with information or report via Crimestoppers.