police crackdown on Christmas drink driving
total of 120 people have been arrested across the Avon and Somerset
police area since the start of this year's Christmas drink drive
Tonic, the force's anti drink and drug driving campaign, aims
to target motorists who put their own lives and those of people
around them at risk by driving under the influence of drink or
December 1st and 30th there have been 120 arrests for drink/drug
driving offences. In the period December 1st - 23rd, there were
93 arrests, followed by four arrests on Christmas Eve. There were
a further four arrests on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Between
Friday and Monday a further 13 arrests were made.
the 120 arrested since the beginning of the month, 71 have been
charged and bailed to appear in court.
caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs risk
a fine of up to £5000, a minimum 12-month driving ban, a
criminal record, could end up behind bars and could then find
difficulty finding insurance in the future or could lose their
2011 in Avon and Somerset 231 drivers were arrested for driving
while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, while 7000 drivers
were arrested nationally. Last year 136 people were charged with
during the Operation Tonic anti drink and drugs campaign.
operation has this year been targeting motorists who put their
own lives and those of people around them at risk by driving while
under the influence of drink or drugs. High visibility stop check
operations and intelligence-led patrols have formed part of the
vehicles are stopped they are also checked for road worthiness
and checks made if they trigger the automatic number plate recognition
system. Advice is provided by officers to those drivers who are
not over the limit.
message to drivers is not to drink if you are driving leave
your car at home. If you do intend to go out and drink, walk to
the venue, use a taxi, public transport or nominate a non-drinking
"We would encourage anyone who has concerns about someone
they believe may be drink driving to call us on 999 or text the
word drunk and details to 81819," said a spokesman.