Hundreds of drivers arrested

PUBLISHED: 16:01 09 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

MORE than 200 people were arrested during the police s festive drink drive campaign.

MORE than 200 people were arrested during the police's festive drink drive campaign.

Operation Tonic, which ran from December 1-31, saw officers throughout the Avon and Somerset force area carrying out spot-checks and increasing patrols in hot-spot areas, including more isolated locations and rat runs.

During December more than 30,000 motorists were stopped and 4,400 breathalysed.

Chief inspector Polly King said: "We have increased our efforts to highlight the consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs this year, having stopped more motorists than ever before.

"The initiative was welcomed by drivers who understood the importance of taking steps to reduce the number of casualties on our roads.

"Our advice to motorists is not to get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all, as research shows that even one drink can impair your driving - motorists just shouldn't take the risk.

"Operation Tonic is just part of the work we undertake throughout the year, so if you do drink and drive there is a good chance you will get caught."

In the Avon and Somerset force area five people lost their lives in 2008 and 267 were injured as a result of drink-drive collisions.

Anyone caught drink driving could end up losing their licence, receiving a £5,000 fine or even spending time behind bars.

If you suspect someone of drink-driving call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111.

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