Dozens arrested by police in crackdown on Christmas drink driving
than 70 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
the past 20 days, officers have arrested 19 people in West Somerset,
which includes Burnham-On-Sea, while 22 people have been arrested
in Bristol, 10 people have been held in North Somerset, 10 in
East Somerset, five in South Gloucestershire and five in Bath
and North East Somerset.
of the arrests have been as a result of information received directly
from the public. Stop checks carried out in the evening and early
mornings have also led to arrests.
Inspector Yan Georgiou said: "I am grateful for all the information
that has been supplied by the public to date. The role of local
people is extremely important in helping us to crack down on anyone
getting behind the wheel of a car when they have been drinking
or taking drugs and posing a serious threat to other road users."
would urge anyone who has concerns about someone they believe
may be drink or drug driving to call us on 999 or text the word
drunk and as many details as they can to 81819."
drivers who provide a positive breath test or face a field impairment
test to determine whether they have been using drugs, refuse to
provide or fail to provide, face losing their licence for at least
If a driver is convicted for a drink or drug drive offence, they
Will lose your licence for a minimum of one year.
Will have a criminal record.
May go to prison for up to six months.
May have to pay a fine of up to £5,000.
May lose your job (15 per cent of those convicted do).
Face very high insurance costs once they get their licence
Will have difficulty hiring a car within 10 years of the
you are convicted twice in ten years, you face a three-year driving
ban. To get your licence back, you may also have to convince a
doctor that you do not have a drink problem.
you are convicted of causing death by careless driving while under
the influence of drink or drugs, drivers face:
Up to 14 years in prison.
An unlimited fine.
A minimum two-year driving ban.