857 motorists tested in Operation Tonic

PUBLISHED: 12:30 14 January 2013


POLICE gave 857 motorists a breath test during December following its Operation Tonic campaign, with 136 proving positive.

The number of tests taken by people aged over 25 was 556, of which 72 were positive and 301 people under the age of 25 were tested with 64 found positive.

Officers say a more intelligence-led operation was completed, targeting persistent offenders and venues know for drink and drug driving, rather than roadside breath testing of large numbers of the public.

This resulted in a higher percentage of drivers who were stopped and breath tested being caught.

Chief Inspector John Holt of Avon and Somerset’s roads policing unit said: “One drink or drugs driver is too many, but generally we are pleased that so many motorists we tested were negative - which means they heeded all our warnings and acted legally and responsibly.”

The figures for December 1 last year to January 1 show 314 breath tests were given following collisions, of which 50 were positive.

And 543 tests not involving collisions were conducted, of which 86 were positive.

Three drivers were tested for drugs driving, but none were positive.

The force received 20 texts from members of the public to report someone they suspected was drink or drug driving.

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