POLICE are warning people across Hampshire about the effects of drink-driving.

A new campaign was launched this week (June 2) across the county focusing on ‘the morning after’.

Every year Hampshire Constabulary teams up with Thames Valley Police to take part in a national anti-drink driving initiative, and throughout this month both forces will be conducting drink/drug operations at all times throughout the day and night across the counties, including the Isle of Wight.

Last year 59 people were killed or seriously injured in Hampshire and IOW in collisions where a person was impaired by alcohol. Superintendent Lucy Hutson, head of roads policing for Thames Valley and Hampshire said: “Is it worth the risk? The answer is simple, no it isn’t.

“After just four pints of lager, you may not be safe to drive for up to 13 hours, so whether you are drinking in the afternoon at a summer barbeque, drinking while you watch a World Cup football game or going out for a few drinks in the evening, make sure you are safe to drive.”

The campaign means every driver involved in a collision will be breathalysed as a matter of course, and extra forces will be deployed to carry out the tests.