Police ask for publics help in drink drive campaign
Police officers are asking the public to look out for friends or
family who may be driving over the limit as part of the force's
annual Operation Tonic drink and drug driving campaign.
the Christmas campaign across Avon and Somerset, almost a fifth
of people arrested for drink driving were experiencing depression,
poor mental health or substance abuse problems.
Inspector Kevan Rowlands, who is the force's lead for Road Safety,
said: "The arrests we made in December werent the Christmas
party people we were expecting and many people we arrested
had substance abuse issues."
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: from the life-changing impact of being
caught, to the potential for serious injury or death."
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."
someone is driving drunk now, call us on 999. To give intelligence
about someone you are concerned about, you can report via our website
or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said:
"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 our roads safe for all who use them
and you can help them by speaking with your loved ones about the
risks and consequences of drink and drug driving. I believe the
majority of law-abiding people support the police in doing all we
can to bring offenders to justice, keeping the roads of Avon and
Somerset safe all year round."
Tonic is a bi-annual campaign that sees high visibility and covert
patrols targeting drink and drug drivers. As part of this months
operation we have dedicated intelligence staff working on drink
and drug drivers, and have trained a team from our Special Constabulary
in drug detection wipes.
activities compliment a leafleting campaign in pub car parks, letting
drivers know that officers are nearby. To help reach family and
friends of people with substance abuse issues, the force is also
using Facebook advertising.