charged 116 drivers with drink and drug driving over Christmas
total of 117 drivers across the police force area were charged with
drink and drug driving during this years Christmas crackdown.
annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign ran from December
1st, 2016 through to January 1st, 2017 and saw 184 people arrested
and 117 charged.
was an increase from 155 arrests and 96 people charged in 2015.
follows an overwhelming response from the public during the campaign
with 634 calls being made to us from people with concerns about
drivers. As a direct result of these calls alone, Police arrested
people charged undergo risk assessments to ensure that those who
are considered to be vulnerable would not be placed under increased
pressure by being named.
of Road Safety at Avon and Somerset police, Chief Inspector Kevan
Rowlands, said: "Although its disappointing that more
than 100 drivers have been charged with serious offences, I am thrilled
with the response from the public."
number of calls we had from the public to report people who they
believe are driving under the influence of drink or drugs has been
fantastic and a real highlight of the operation. That has had a
significant impact on our ability to catch and arrest offenders."
is clear to me that the vast majority of people see the danger caused
by drink and drug drivers and are willing to do something about
it by reporting offenders to the police."
reviewed all the arrests and many are not related to the party season
which means our message about not driving after a night out seems
to be getting through."
we have noticed during Operation Tonic is that a significant number
of the people we have arrested appear to have some form of alcohol
or drug dependency and are not recreational drinkers."
you have a friend or relative that fits this category then please
reach out to them and get them to stop driving. If they dont
then, for their sake and the safety of others, you need to report
them through the contact section on our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800555111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.uk."