Published: June 1, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea police launch summer drink driving campaign

Police in the Burnham-On-Sea area will be putting the heat on drink drivers during a month-long 'Operation Tonic' campaign that started on Wednesday (June 1st).

They are promising to stage high-visibility stop checks on roads across the area, catching offenders and sending out a strong message to those tempted to risk driving under the influence.

Chief Inspector John Holt, of Operations and Traffic Management, said: "We take drink and drug-driving extremely seriously all year round, but a summer campaign is a timely way of focusing people's minds on the dangers and consequences of getting behind the wheel when they shouldn't."

"With warmer weather and lighter nights, it's natural that everyone is out enjoying the sunshine, having barbecues at home or relaxing in beer gardens."

"We don't want to spoil anyone's fun, but the aim of Operation Tonic is to make our roads safer and ultimately to save lives."

"We will not tolerate drink or drug driving in Avon and Somerset and will be cracking down on those that do so. Our message is clear – if you do drink or drug-drive this summer, you can expect to be caught and punished."

As well as stop checks, officers will also undertake breath tests on every driver who is involved in a collision – irrespective of whether they are suspected of drink driving or not.

The campaign will also target drug-drivers. Field Impairment Tests will be carried out on any driver suspected of being under the influence of illegal drugs.

In last summer's Operation Tonic, 141 motorists were arrested. Officers carried out almost 30,000 stop checks in June and breathalysed almost 2,000 drivers.


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