DRIVERS are being warned about the dangers of drinking or taking drugs and getting behind the wheel as part of a region-wide crackdown.

Cleveland and Durham Specialists Operations Unit (CDSOU) announced its campaign to run throughout June that will see North-East drivers randomly checked by road policing officers.

Last year’s operation – which is part of a national summer crackdown on drink and drug drivers – saw 66 motorists who tested positive for drink-driving.

Twenty-four people were also found to be driving while under the influence of drugs.

CDSOU Acting Inspector Harry Simpson said: “During the summer months, people are more likely to have day time get-togethers and barbecues.

“We would urge people not to take the risk of seriously injuring themselves or other people, or worse, by being tempted to have an alcoholic drink and driving.

“There are people out there that have information on drink drivers, those who see them in pubs and those who know that they drive home after a few drinks.

“We would strongly urge those people to come forward with that information. What if they had a collision on the way home and seriously injured or killed someone? How would you feel?”

He added: “Officers will be out on our roads carrying out checks on drivers and offering educational advice, and wherever necessary prosecuting drivers who are above the limit.”

Anyone who suspects a driver may be intoxicated behind the wheel can be reported to the police via non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.