Police catch 133 drink and drug-drivers in crackdown

PUBLISHED: 16:29 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:29 17 August 2018

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Motorists are being reminded of the ‘devastating’ consequences they can cause by drinking or taking drugs before driving after more than 100 failed police tests during a crackdown.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary ran Operation Tonic during the World Cup to catch offenders who are a danger on the roads.

The public were asked to text police when they saw someone driving who may have had alcohol or drugs.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It is never acceptable to drink and drug drive.

“When driving under the influence of any substance and taking to the road in a vehicle, you put both yourself and others at risk and the consequences can be devastating.

“The police are committed to keeping the roads of Avon and Somerset safe for all who use them. I believe the majority of law-abiding people support the police in doing all we can to bring offenders to justice, keeping the roads safe not only this summer, but all year round.”

In total 133 people were caught, of which 74 have been charged and a further 30 released under investigation. One driver was caught four times over the drink-drive limit.

More than 375 people were breathalysed.

Superintendent Andy Williams, the force’s head of road safety, said: “Our approach to Operation Tonic promotes education over prosecution where possible, with the ultimate aim to reduce deaths, serious injuries and crime related to drink and drug driving.

“I’d like to thank the public for their support with this campaign and sharing vital information with us. The reports received from communities is an important part of identifying and tackling drink-driving and our dedicated reporting line is always open.

“Despite losing out on World Cup glory, there are still lots of celebrations and parties planned over the summer and I’d like to remind members of the public there is never an excuse for driving whilst intoxicated.

“Anyone who chooses to do so not only risks arrest but more importantly, their own lives and the lives of others.”

People should call 999 if they see someone driving under the influence or text ‘drunk’ plus details of the car, location and driver to 07400 279101 in non-urgent cases.

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