Weston police are pleased with responsible drinkers

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 June 2013

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POLICE are pleased with party-goers in Weston who are cautious about getting behind the wheel after a drink.

Since launching their summer crackdown at the start of the month, Weston police have been encouraged by the number of drink driving arrests.

On the day the operation was launched, a young man approached police and asked to be breath-tested.

He had been out the night before and was about to drive home, but found out he was over the limit.

Inspector Hawkings, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was a classic morning-after example when people think they’re probably fine to drive but aren’t.

“He was very grateful, and there’s no doubt he’ll have told all his friends about his experience.”

So far 86 motorists have been arrested, with hundreds more stopped and checked across Avon and Somerset.

Officers say they are encouraged the road safety messages seem to be hitting home.

Inspector Shane Hawkings said: “Obviously any arrests for drink or drug driving are too many, but we are finding that many people we’ve stopped are aware of the dangers of driving under the influence and simply don’t do it.”

Police are encouraging people to text ‘drunk’ to 81819 if they know someone driving under the influence.

Avon and Somerset’s drink and drug driving campaign, Operation Tonic, runs until June 30.

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