Another great campaign result for police
By Trucks79 | Saturday, July 07, 2012, 15:51
More than 130 people were arrested for drink or drugs driving across Avon and Somerset during the month-long Operation Tonic campaign in June.
Police say the figures send out a strong don't drink or drugs drive message – and warn they will continue to test and catch more people as the school and summer holiday period begins.
During June officers arrested 131 people, which is 50 fewer than the same time last year and 100 fewer than during the last Christmas and New Year operation. Five were arrested for driving while unfit through drugs.
Chief Inspector Yannis Georgiou of the Roads Policing Unit said: "The lower number of arrests is to be welcomed, but is still far too high. While the majority of people seem to be heeding the education message of the dangers and consequences of drink or drug driving, there are still too many who think it's worth taking a chance.
"Their actions seriously endanger all other road users. It is socially irresponsible and those convicted are likely to face a lengthy driving ban, imprisonment and the possible loss of jobs and livelihoods."
During Operation Tonic, officers gave motoring advice to all drivers they stopped, and were also looking out for increasing numbers of people who tweet, phone or use other social media while driving – all offences that can get them banned from the roads.
People were also asked to use their mobile phone to text the word drunk to 81819 and send in information about someone who had got behind the wheel when they were under influence of drink or drugs. A total of 14 text messages were received, which police say is very encouraging for a new service.
Chief Inspector Georgiou said: "We work to tackle drink and drug driving all year round, not just in our summer and Christmas campaigns. Our bottom-line message remains the same – don't drive under the influence of drink and drugs. But we would also like to take this opportunity to praise the majority of drivers in Avon and Somerset who listen to Operation Tonic advice and leave the car behind if they intend to drink."