Police launch Christmas drink drive campaign
Police have launched their annual Christmas drink and drug drive
campaign this week.
Tonic, which will run until the start of January, will involve high
visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drink and drug
drivers across Somerset.
part of the campaign, Police are calling on members of the public
to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 if it is happening
now or texting the word 'drunk' with brief details of the car, location
and driver to 07400 249101 if it is not someone currently driving.
targeting drink and drug driving, Police aim to help reduce deaths,
serious injuries and crime on the roads of the Avon and Somerset
driving is one of the 'fatal four' offences, together with speeding,
not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving, that
are known to cause the majority of deaths on our roads.
Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: "Our message is very simple;
if you get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs,
you are risking your life and the lives of those around you."
"The arrests we made last December werent the Christmas
party people we were expecting and many people we arrested
had substance abuse issues."
"Thats why were asking friends or family of people
who might be using alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with a hard
time, and are at risk of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol
or drugs, to talk to them about the risks."
this approach doesnt work and you are concerned about someone
driving under the influence and causing danger to themselves and
others, please tell us before someone is seriously injured or killed.
Call 999 if someone is driving while over the limit now or save
07400 249101 into your phone and text us starting with the word