OFFICERS will be out carrying routine patrols of the roads across Barnsley as part of their annual Christmas campaign.

South Yorkshire Police's Christmas drink and drug driving enforcement campaign aims to ensure that anyone driving or riding is doing so safely and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Sergeant Matt Duffy said: “We’ve been running similar enforcement operations over the festive period for years now, so I’d hope the public aren’t too shocked or surprised to learn that we’ll be doing these patrols again this December.

“It’s a sad fact that every year, with the hundreds of people that we test, there are still those individuals who blow over the limit for alcohol or test positive for drugs.

“Consuming alcohol or taking drugs severely impairs your ability to drive – they affect your concentration, slow your reactions and your movements – any of which could have fatal consequences.

“The festive season is one to enjoy with your loved ones, friends and family, so please keep yourselves safe and don’t drive or ride under the influence.

“It’s always worth remembering that you can also read a positive breath test the morning after – so if you need to drive or ride the following morning, make sure you take this into consideration.”