The combination of drinking and driving is a major factor that influences traffic safety. A small percentage of the European Union driver population (about 5%) under the influence of alcohol in traffic causes a significant proportion of serious and fatal injuries (about 20%) in traffic collisions.
Similarly, the number of drivers driving whilst under the influence of drugs is also giving great cause for concern.
ROADPOL Operation Alcohol & Drugs is a coordinated pan-European enforcement action by Traffic Police Officers from each ROADPOL member country and takes place on Europe's roads during the summer and Christmas periods in addition to the daily national Traffic Police enforcement activities to combat driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In the operation held in June, one day is chosen to be a 24 hours control on the use of alcohol and drugs in traffic. This is called the Alcohol & Drugs Marathon.
The purpose of ROADPOL Operation Alcohol & Drugs is not only to repress driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs but also to attract media attention to the subject.
The operations show the resolve of police forces across Europe in tackling this issue and to demonstrate that the chances of being caught when driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be greatly increased. Such operations also make a valuable contribution to achieving the aim of European and National Road Policing Strategies in reducing road deaths and injuries.