POLICE are right to launch their annual anti-drink and drug-driving campaign early.

After a weekend of several horror crashes in which three people were killed and four seriously injured.

In two of the crashes, drivers have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and drink-driving. In the third fatal collision, someone has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

In conjunction with the ambulance and fire services, police have launched the None for the Road campaign early, as part of a general road safety drive.

It is not just people getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. They are also a danger the following morning as they may well be over the limit, especially as the festive party season approaches.

Officers are as vigilant during the morning rush hour as they are at pub closing times.

As well as reminding people about the dangers of drink and drug-driving, they are also being urged not to use mobile phones at the wheel.

Some experts believe that being distracted by a phone can be more dangerous than drink-driving.

Anyone who is found to be over the limit faces a driving ban which could affect their livelihood and ultimately their family.

They also have to live with the guilt for the rest of thei lives that their preventable actions led to someone else being seriously injured or even killed.