A POLICE campaign targeting drink and drug drivers during the Christmas and new year period will be launched on Sunday.

Operation Holly will target drivers in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight between December 1 and January 1, in a crackdown on the destruction and distress caused by collisions involving those under the influence.

Police said the message of the campaign was 'it's not worth the risk,' and warned drivers not to drink alcohol or take drugs then get behind the wheel.

During the month-long campaign, officers will be carrying out breath tests, drug tests and field impairment tests.

Members of the public have been urged to report drink and drug drivers, with as much information and detail as possible, so they can be targeted, by calling police on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

If a driver is an immediate risk to the public and themselves, call 999.

On average, 20 per cent of all fatal collisions involve an impairment from drink or drugs.

In the Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Thames Valley region, police catch around 400 drink drivers a month.

Road Safety Sgt Scott Kerr 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 and drugs can still have the morning after.”