Police crackdown on drug and drink drivers

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 June 2011


DRINK and drug drivers are being targeted in a month-long campaign by Avon and Somerset Police.

Operation Tonic has been launched today (Wed) and officers will be staging high-visibility stop checks on roads across the district in a bid to catch offenders.

They will be sending out a strong message to anyone tempted to risk driving under the influence.

Officers will be at Weston’s seafront this morning stop-checking drivers.

Chief Inspector John Holt, of operations and traffic management at HQ, said: “We take drink and drug-driving extremely seriously all year round, but a summer campaign is a timely way of focusing people’s minds on the dangers and consequences of getting behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.

“With warmer weather and lighter nights, it’s natural that everyone is out enjoying the sunshine, having barbeques at home or relaxing in beer gardens.

“We will not tolerate drink or drug driving in Avon and Somerset and will be cracking down on those that do so. Our message is clear – if you do drink or drug-drive this summer, you can expect to be caught and punished.”

As well as stop checks, officers will also undertake breath tests on every driver who is involved in a collision – irrespective of whether they are suspected of drink driving or not.

The campaign will also target drug-drivers and tests will be carried out on any driver suspected of being under the influence of illegal drugs.

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