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PCC at operation tonic stop check

Breath-test

PC carrying out a breath test

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mounstevens joined a big police operation this evening to detect drink or drug drivers and to educate motorists about the risks over the festive holiday.

Ms Mounstevens joined traffic officers who were stopping and checking drivers on the A38 at Filton, near Bristol.

She saw at first-hand how anyone suspected of being under the influence of drink or drugs was breath-tested, while other drivers were spoken to and handed crime prevention and safety advice leaflets.

She said: “The police are committed to keeping the roads of Avon and Somerset safe for all that use them. Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is not only a crime, it is socially and morally unacceptable, and I believe the majority of law-abiding people support the police in doing all we can to bring offenders to justice.”

More than 100 people have been arrested for drink or drug driving across Avon and Somerset since the Operation Tonic Christmas campaign began at the beginning of December.

In the first 18 days, a total of 101 motorists who have been stopped have tested positive. The figure compares with 136 for the same period last year.

This Christmas police are again asking people to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 or texting the word drunk to a special number, 81819, from their mobile and giving the driver's details if they see anyone getting behind the wheel while under the influence. So far 12 text messages have been received and acted upon. There were 14 in the same time last year.

A total of 873 vehicles have been stopped and checked. Fixed penalty notices have been issued for traffic offences, like not wearing a seatbealt, and 19 cautions have been given for minor vehicle defects. Two people have been issued with street warnings for possessing cannabis.

The police will be maintaining their efforts as Christmas approaches, carrying out stop-checks of vehicles and targeting known hotspots at peak times to emphasis the ‘don’t drink/drugs drive’ message.

Posted on Friday 21st December 2012
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