Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers begins

PUBLISHED: 16:50 06 December 2018

Police are encouraging people to drink responsibly as part of the Operation Tonic campaign. Picture: Mark Atherton

Police are encouraging people to drink responsibly as part of the Operation Tonic campaign. Picture: Mark Atherton

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Police are on high patrol throughout the month as part of their Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers who ‘gamble’ with people’s lives.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary launched its Operation Tonic campaign on Saturday.

The month-long operation includes high visibility and covert patrols aimed at targeting drivers under the influence.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is not only a crime, it is socially and morally unacceptable and can have devastating consequences.

“Don’t gamble with your ability to drive, it’s not worth the risk.”

People are urged to call 999 if they know someone who is driving under the influence and, in less urgent cases when the alleged offender is not behind the wheel, text the word ‘drunk’ to 07400 279101 with the details of the car, its location and motorist.

Penalties for drink or drug driving

- Being in charge of a vehicle while above the legal limit could result in three months imprisonment, up to £2,500 fine and a possible driving ban.

- Driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit could mean six months imprisonment, an unlimited fine and a driving ban for at least one year (three years if convicted twice in 10 years).

- If you refuse to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis you may get six months imprisonment, an unlimited fine and a ban from driving for at least one year.

- Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink could get mean 14 years imprisonment, an unlimited fine, a ban from driving for at least two years and an extended driving test before your licence is returned.

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