DRINK and drug drivers will be targeted by Isle of Wight police this Christmas.

Following the launch of Operation Holly, police will be stopping drivers 'at every opportunity' to carry out breath tests, drug tests and field impairment tests.

The operation will be intelligence led, focusing on high risk areas and information provided by the public.

Police hope the campaign will reduce drug and alcohol related crashes, protecting other users.

The campaign has been backed by Neal Staley, whose ten-year-old daughter Evey was killed when drink and drug driver Robert Blakeley crashed into their car.

You can watch a video interview with Neil below, where he talks candidly about the impact of Evey's death on his family. 

Most drink driving offences are committed between 7pm and 7am, but the risks of driving the morning after are not always recognised by motorists.

Twenty-six per cent of all fatal collisions involve an impairment from drink or drugs.

In Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley regions, around 400 drink drivers are caught each month.

Road Safety Sgt for Hampshire and Thames Valley Police, Rob Heard said: "Every year officers deal with cases of drink or drug driving that directly result in families facing Christmas without loves ones.

"Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can affect your ability to drive safely — don’t let your friends and family pay the price.

"Friends, colleagues and family members can positively influence those around them. So we are calling on them to stop potential drink or drug drivers from getting behind the wheel and risking tragedy this Christmas.

"We’ll be running targeted operations across the region to enforce the law on drink and drug driving — you can face an fine of up to £5000, disqualification for driving, and a long prison sentence.

"If you know someone who drink or drug drives please stop and think you can help combat this issue.

"Report them to us on 101, by text on 077814 80999 or call 999 if they are driving or immediately about to drive under the influence.

"The better the details you give to us the more chance we have to find and deal with them.

"I am urging people to plan ahead during the party season. Think about how you’re going to get home and don’t forget about the impact alcohol can still have the morning after.

"Our message is simple, don’t drink or drug drive it’s not worth the risk."