Norfolk and Suffolk Police will breathalyse every driver they speak to this month.

The move comes as part of a campaign to crack down on drink and drug driving this Christmas.

Additional drug wipes have also been bought in recognition of festive period temptations.

The Department for Transport has found a six-fold increase in the number of people caught driving under the influence of drugs.

Drivers who consume both drink and drugs are 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision.

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Chief Inspector Vicky McParland, of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “It is important to recognise that the risk does not end with your night out.

"Most drink-drive offences are committed between 7pm and 7am.

Fakenham & Wells Times: The campaign will last until January 1The campaign will last until January 1 (Image: Norfolk Constabulary)

"You need to be mindful that you may still be over the limit the morning after if you have drunk alcohol or for several days if you have taken drugs.”

Lawrence Seager, regional safety programme manager from National Highways, said: “Driving while under the influence of drugs is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous, affecting driving behaviour in numerous ways.

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“This can include impairment of awareness, judgment, and reaction times, putting both the user and other road users in danger.

"It has no place in our communities and so National Highways fully supports this campaign.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Giles Orpen-Smellie, said: “We all have a responsibility to ensure that our communities are safe places to live so one would hope that the consequences of being caught drink or drug driving would deter people from being so irresponsible but sadly this is not the case.

"Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies together will continue to discourage drivers over the festive season, but we all have our part to play throughout the year to stop friends and family from getting behind the wheel intoxicated.”

The #NoExcuse campaign begins today and will finish on January 1.