DRINK-drivers were targeted at the weekend as police took part in a Europe-wide road safety crackdown.

From 6am on Saturday until 6am Sunday, Cleveland Police joined with forces across Europe to try to catch drivers over the limit.

Cleveland officers maintained a high profile during the 12-hour campaign, which aimed to cut the number of drink-related accidents and improve road safety.

It was hoped that drinkers who were aware of the high police presence would not be tempted to get behind the wheel for fear of being caught.

Inspector Mick Bennett said: "The campaign demonstrates that the problem of drink-driving and the dangers associated with it are not just seasonal but are with us all the year round."