Sixty-five arrests in police drink-driving crackdown

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:25 15 June 2012

Officers are using checkpoints to crack down on drink-drivers

Officers are using checkpoints to crack down on drink-drivers


MORE than 60 people have been arrested in the police's latest drink and drug-driving crackdown.

Since June 1, officers have stopped more than 300 drivers across the Avon and Somerset Constabulary force area.

The force is carrying out roadside vehicle checks, as well as using intelligence to target potential drink-drivers and known drink-drive hotspots.

As a result, 65 drivers have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving.

Anyone with information about motorists who have drunk or taken drugs before getting behind the wheel is also being urged to contact the police with information.

They are being asked to text the word ‘drunk’ to 81819 with information about the person.

The messages will then arrive in the police control room and are treated in the same way as an emergency 999 call.

Inspector Mark Edgington, of the force’s roads policing unit, said: “Drink and drug-driving is a serious crime and we are determined to take strong action against people who break the law.

“There is no safe limit to drinking or drug taking and then driving. Our advice is not to indulge at all.”

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