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More than 100 people arrested in drink drive campaign

54 people have so far been named publically during Avon & Somerset Police's campaign Credit: PA

Avon & Somerset Police have stopped 3,676 drivers during their Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign. Operation Tonic started on 1 December.

106 of those have been arrested and 54 of them have been charged and named in a policy introduced by the force this year.

144 were charged last year during the whole festive campaign

The figures are encouraging so far because they show that we have been very active across the force, educating, enforcing and spreading the word that drink or drug driving is a serious crime that will not be tolerated.

The figures also seem to indicate that drivers seem to be heeding that message. We want people to carry on being law-abiding and responsible, and help make our roads safer for all not just at this time but throughout 2015 and beyond.

– Road Safety Superintendent Richard Corrigan

Drink Driving arrests

Avon and Somerset police say they made 120 arrests in their Christmas crackdown on drink-driving. A total of 71 people have been charged and bailed to appear in court. The arrests were made as part of Operation Tonic, the seasonal campaign against drink and drug driving.

. A total of 71 people have been charged and bailed to appear in court for drink-driving offences. Credit: ITV News West Country


Hungover drivers danger

A hangover following a night of heavy drinking can impair driving performance as much as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Research from the University of the West of England, and Utrecht University says the findings that driving performance was adversely affected by hangovers should be incorporated into driver safety campaigns.

Hangovers can make you a dangerous driver according to new research

Elderly motorists caught drink-driving

Even the elderly can be caught drink-driving Credit: ITV News West Country

The number of people over the age of 80 caught drink driving has gone up 20 percent in the last two years.

That's according to figures released by police following a Freedom of Information Act request. In 2012, 62 very elderly motorists in our region were over the limit. One of the worst areas was Wiltshire where 10 percent of older drivers charged were more than 80 years old.

136 arrested in drink drive campaign

136 people were arrested and charged in Avon and Somerset's Christmas anti-drink and drugs campaign. 857 motorists were given breath tests.

The campaign targeted persistent offenders and venues know for drink and drug driving, rather than roadside breath tests. Three drivers were tested for drugs driving, but none was positive and the force received 20 texts to a special number set up for people to report suspected offenders.

We take drink and drug driving seriously all year round, now just at Christmas, and people should know that we will continue to target and bring to justice any drivers who put themselves and others in danger.

– Chief Inspector John Holt, Avon and Somerset Police

Charity campaigns against drink-driving this Christmas

In the run-up to Christmas, this Friday is traditionally the worst night of the year for drink driving and alcohol-related violence. Avon & Somerset Police have already arrested nearly 50 people for drink or drug driving in the first week of their Christmas crackdown.

The Road Safety charity, Brake, is running a "Not a drop, not a drag" campaign to stop people even touching a drink or taking any drugs before getting behind the wheel. Franki Hackett from the charity tells us more.

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