to launch drink drive crackdown in the Burnham-On-Sea area
have this week urged motorists across the Burnham-On-Sea area
not to risk drinking and driving as they launch a summmer crackdown.
(June 1st) will see the launch of Operation Tonic, a month-long
force-wide annual summer campaign to make local roads safer for
police will be naming publicly every motorist who is charged with
a drink or drug driving offence, just as they did over Christmas
and the New Year.
for the first time, the police's traffic officers will be using
"drugalyser" devices at the roadside to test drivers
for suspected drugs, including cannabis and cocaine, using new
laws that were introduced earlier this year.
drivers could face an unlimited fine, up to six months in prison,
a minimum one-year driving ban and a criminal record. Their driving
licence will also show theyve been convicted for drug driving,
which will last for 11 years.
Safety Superintendent Richard Corrigan said: "We are determined
to do whatever we can to stop people driving while under the influence
of drink or drugs. If just one collision or death is prevented,
then our campaign will be a success."
the first time in our Christmas 2014 campaign we decided to name
those charged. The results showed that this measure acted as a
clear deterrent to people taking a chance on driving while under
summer we also have extra powers and the tools to check for illegal
drugs at the roadside. The message is clearer than ever - there
is no excuse and we will arrest any drivers who are suspected
to be driving while under the influence of drink or drugs."
and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: "Over the
summer, many of us will be having fun, hosting gatherings and
socialising with family and friends. Driving under the influence
of drink or drugs is not only a crime, it is socially and morally
unacceptable and can have devastating consequences."
police are committed to keeping the roads of Avon and Somerset
safe for all that use them. I believe the majority of law-abiding
people support the police in doing all we can to bring offenders
to justice, keeping the roads safe not only this summer, but all
are advising anyone who has concerns about someone they believe
may be drink or drug driving to call them on 101, or to text the
word DRUNK and as many details as they can, including vehicle
details and direction of travel, to 81819.