step up drink driving checks over Christmas
in Burnham area
have warned that there will be no let-up in their campaign to
keep drink and drug drivers off the roads of the Burnham-On-Sea
area this Christmas and New Year.
Officers will continue to make stop checks of vehicles and target
known hotspots during peak times to emphasise the message and
Since the Operation Tonic campaign started on December 1st, police
have arrested 151 drivers across the force area, 12 of them for
driving under the influence of drugs. They have stopped 9,741
vehicles and breath-tested 1,458 drivers.
People are being reminded to use mobile phone texting to report
drink or drug drivers. People are asked to text the word drunk
to 81819 and send in information about someone who has got behind
the wheel under the influence. The messages arrive in the police
control room and are treated like an emergency 999 call.
Chief Inspector Yannis Georgiou of Avon and Somerset's Operations
and Roads Policing Unit said: "Getting arrested and facing
the prospect of losing your driving licence turns what should
be a merry Christmas into a miserable one."
are determined to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries
caused by people drink and drug driving not just at this festive
time, but all year round. Our message loud and clear is that drink
or drug drivers will be stopped and arrested and banned from the
roads. Drivers must realise that there is no safe drinking limit
other than not drinking at all."
Tonic is part of the force's Operation Relentless campaign
reducing death, serious injury and crime on the roads of Avon
and Somerset. Drink and drug driving is one of the so-called 'fatal
four' offences, together with speeding, not wearing a seat belt
and using a mobile phone while driving, that are known major causes
Police say that refusal to provide a breath specimen could lead
to a six month prison sentence, a fine of up to £5,000 and
a 12 month ban from driving. Drink drivers also face up to six
months in prison, a fine of up to £5,000 and a ban of at
least 12 months.
Anyone causing death by careless driving while under the influence
of drink could be imprisoned for up to 10 years and banned for
up to two years.