Police name drink drivers from Weston

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 January 2015 | UPDATED: 10:22 07 January 2015

Sgt Mike Olding with breath test.

Sgt Mike Olding with breath test.

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THREE people from Weston charged with drink or drug driving were among those named and shamed by police.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary said its policy to publicly name people during its Operation Tonic campaign has proved to be an added deterrent.

The campaign ran during the Christmas and New Year period.

In total, 82 people were charged and named, apart from a 17-year-old who could not be named because they were too young.

Among those charged were:

* Maximillian Thomas Bull, aged 24 and from Weston.

* Mark Burgess, aged 59 and from Blagdon.

* Stephen Richard Chinn, aged 60 and from Cheddar.

* Leo James Gorringe, aged 37 and from Weston.

* Simeon John Painter, aged 27 and from Weston.

Road safety Superintendent Richard Corrigan said: “In last year’s Operation Tonic campaign 144 motorists were charged, compared with 82 this year.

“That is a significant reduction, particularly as we carried out more roadside stop-checks and tested twice as many more drivers.

“In our 2014 campaign we decided to name those charged, and I believe that had an extra impact and helped deter people from taking a chance on driving while under the influence.”

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