'disappointed' as drink drive arrests across Somerset increase
and Somerset Police say they are disappointed at the increased
number of people caught drink or drug driving over the Christmas
and New Year holiday.
A total of 155 people were arrested on suspicion of drink/drug
driving offences compared with 106 in December 2014. Of those,
96 were charged compared with 59 during December 2014.
Temporary Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, leading the Operation
Tonic road safety campaign, said: "Even one driver caught
driving under the influence is one too many. We are very disappointed
in the increase in this years figures. Once we have the
full information and data from the operation we will be analysing
the results to try to understand why so many people felt they
could take the risk and break the law."
"Our ongoing aim is to work with our partners to educate
people about the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving,
and to send out a strong message that to do so is morally and
socially unacceptable. Ideally we prevent all drink and drug driving,
and will aim to catch one hundred per cent of people who drink
and drug drive, to deter others and to make our roads safer for
"We are still collating our statistics, so we dont
know for sure if the increase in drink/drug drivers is because
we carried out more stop checks or more breath tests than last
year, or if people just thought they could get away with it. What
is clear is that these figures are too high and we will
be continuing our efforts to catch drink/drug drivers and to deter
others, not just at Christmas but throughout the year."
155 people were arrested on suspicion of drink/drug driving offences
in Dec 2015 compared with 106 in Dec 2014. 96 were charged with
drink/drug driving offences, compared with 59 in December 2014.
Of the 155 arrested, 48 were in the Bristol area, 21 in Bath and
North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire, and 86 in Somerset.
In Dec 2014 there were 1495 people breath tested. The Dec 2015
figures are incomplete but so far total 890. The
latest of people to be arrested in listed here.