December 31, 2010
say drink driving arrests are heading for an eight year low
have praised drivers for heeding their warnings not to drink and
drive over the festive period.
Since December 1st, police have arrested 132 motorists following
Operation Tonic stop checks across the force area.
With the operation winding up this weekend, the number of arrests
is expected to be at an eight-year low.
Last year, 202 drivers were arrested for drink/drug driving,
which represented a significant reduction on the 329 drivers who
were arrested in 2002.
Chief Inspector Polly King said: "We have been extremely
encouraged by this year's drink/drug driving figures. Around 28,000
drivers have been stopped during the force-wide operation and
have been given an advisory leaflet and fewer than 150 have been
"We are glad to see that drivers are heeding our advice
and not drinking or taking drugs even prescription drugs
before they drive. This is to be commended but people must
not be complacent."
A driver is pictured being breath tested by police over Christmas