Xmas Drink Drive Campaign

Avon and Somerset Police has arrested almost 200 people for drink / drug driving as part of the annual Operation Tonic festive campaign.

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180 people arrested for drink driving during December

Avon and Somerset's newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, joined officers as they carried out random breath tests on drivers during the festive period.

180 people have been arrested in the force area as part of December's Operation Tonic campaign.

She urges people to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 or texting the word 'drunk' to 81819, giving the driver's details if they see anyone getting behind the wheel while under the influence:

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Almost 200 arrests for drink driving in December

Almost 200 drivers have been arrested for drink or drug driving offences by Avon and Somerset Police in December.

There have been a total of 180 arrests as part of Operation Tonic - the annual Christmas campaign. Last year 231 drivers were arrested during the same period.

Drivers caught drinking and driving or driving while under the influence of drugs risk a fine of up to £5000, a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record and could end up behind bars and without a job.

Police want motorists to take care during the build-up to the New Year celebrations. Anyone planning to go out and celebrate the New Year is being advised to nominate a non-drinking driver, arrange alternative transport and leave the car at home.

Truro in top 10 for drive-drive offenders

Truro in top 10 areas for drink-driving Credit: ITV Westcountry

Truro has been ranked among the top 10 postcode areas in the country for drink-driving. Data never seen before also revealed that across Britain.

Men in their twenties are the main drink drive offenders, with scaffolders and roofers topping the list of professionals most likely to be convicted.

Drink driver hits police car

A 20-year-old woman from Bromley has been charged with being almost three times the drink drive limit, after she hit a police car. Maya Gregory was driving with a frozen windscreen, the wrong way in Quay Road, Teignmouth on the early hours of Sunday morning.

She has been bailed to appear at South and West Devon Magistrates Court on the 18th of December.

Shocking CCTV video helps launch anti-drink drive campaign

Dramatic footage of the moment a drunk driver mounted the pavement and ploughed into the manager of a Devon pub is at the heart of Devon & Cornwall's Christmas drink-drive message.

Kevin O'Neill suffered a broken pelvis, fractured ribs and spinal damage after being hit by the car that was being driven by a man who admitted drink driving.

The police say they hope the warning of the consequences of drink driving will reduce the figures this Christmas.

Jacquie Bird reports:

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Video: CCTV footage of Brixham drink driver launches Christmas anti-drink drive campaign

Devon and Cornwall Police is using shocking video of a drunk driver careering out of control in Brixham to highlight their Christmas anti drink drive message.

The driver knocked down the wall of the pub, severely injuring the landlord. He suffered a fractured pelvis, broken ribs and a damaged spine.

The police say they hope the stark warning of the consequences of drink driving will bring this Christmas's figures down.

Police reveal new footage in drink drive campaign

New footage revealed in drink drive campaign Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police are using shocking video of a drunk driver careering out of control outside a pub in Brixham to highlight their Christmas anti drink drive message.

The driver knocked down the wall of the pub, severely injuring the landlord. He suffered a fractured pelvis, broken ribs and a damaged spine. The police say they hope the stark warning of the consequences of drink driving will bring this Christmas's figures down.

100 arrested during drink driving campaign

A month-long campaign against drink and drug driving in Dorset has led to 100 drivers being arrested. The number of arrests have increased this year compared to last year's campaign, which saw 88 people arrested.

Our message, as ever, remains simple – do not risk lives by drinking and driving.

– Chief Inspector Matt Butler, Head of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

During the campaign last month every driver involved in a collision was breath tested by police. Drivers face a 12 month driving ban if convicted and could face up to six months in prison or a £5,000 fine.

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