arrested 146 people for drink and drug driving over Christmas
total of 146 people were arrested for drink and drug driving this
Christmas as part of local Police's crackdown across the region.
'Operation Tonic' road safety campaign saw 78 people charged and
a further 40 released under investigation.
highest reading recorded during the campaign was 151 microgrammes
of alcohol per 100 ml of breath which is nearly four times over
the legal limit.
Tonic ran throughout December and involved high-visibility and covert
patrols - including some in the Burnham-On-Sea area - aimed at targeting
drink and drug drivers throughout the festive period.
targeting drink and drug driving, Police say they aim to help reduce
deaths, serious injuries and crime on the roads of the Avon and
Somerset force area.
Tonic in numbers
2017: 146 arrests + 78 people charged (and 40 under investigation)
2016: 184 arrests + 117 people charged
2015: 155 arrests + 96 people charged
2014: 106 arrests + 59 people charged
Andy Williams, Head of Road Safety in Avon and Somerset Constabulary
said: "Drink/drug driving is one of the fatal four' offences
which cause the majority of deaths on our roads. The people arrested
during in the run up to Christmas chose to drive whilst intoxicated
and were acting in an incredibly selfish and reckless manner. Those
driving under the influence not only risk arrest but more crucially,
their own lives and the lives of others."
previous years there has been no strong common link or emerging
trend in drivers arrested. The vast majority of those
arrested were over 30 years old and this could be a product of our
work with young people in ensuring next generation stay safe on
the road. We always promote education over prosecution where possible
and use a combination of these to tackle drink driving."
and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added:
"The police are committed to keeping the roads of Avon and
Somerset safe for all that use them. Driving under the influence
of drink or drugs is not only a crime, it is socially and morally
unacceptable, and I believe the majority of law-abiding people support
the police in doing all we can to bring offenders to justice."
and Somerset Police received over 340 tip offs from members of the
public who were asked to call or text with information about intoxicated
drivers. This positive response shows the local public understand
the impact of this behaviour and their willingness to help us bring
people to justice.
were then able to respond to three quarters of tip off calls made
to us and all other information received was fed into future investigations
and intelligence for ongoing road safety management.
the Op Tonic campaign is now over, people are still encouraged to
tell the police if someone drives while drunk or drugged, before
someone gets hurt. Dial 999 if you know someone is driving now whilst
drunk or under the influence of drugs. In less urgent cases you
can talk to us by dialling 101, contacting us through our website
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . If you want
to report anonymously please use Crimestoppers on 0800555111.