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78 charged with drink and drug driving offences

Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Dorset police have charged 78 people with drink or drug driving-related offences since the 1st June.

It's all part of the forces summer campaign that includes an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks. Anyone charged with a drive or drug related offence before the end of the month will have their names and court appearance details released to the media.

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Dorset police continue drink driving campaign

Dorset police continue drink driving campaign Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Dorset Police are reminding people to make sure they are fit to drive the morning after drinking. It's all part of a summer campaign that will include an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks.

They've warned anyone charged with a drive or drug related offence before the 31st July will have their names and court appearance details released to the media.

Drink Drive warning

People could drink so much alcohol to see in the New Year that they'll be over the drink drive limit for all of New Year's Day.

That's according to a study by the AA that found one in five (21 per cent of) people plan to drink at least 10 units of alcohol this evening.

Police figures also show that in 2011, more people failed breath tests the morning after, than during the evening.

The AA says 21% of people plan to drink at least 10 units of alcohol this evening. Credit: ITV News West Country
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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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50 arrested for drink or drug driving

Police carry out drink drive check Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have arrested nearly 50 people for drink or drug driving across Avon and Somerset in the first week of the Operation Tonic Christmas campaign. Since it started on Dec 1, a total of 47 motorists who have been stopped have tested positive.

This Christmas police are asking people to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 or texting the word drunk to a special number, 81819, from their mobile and giving the driver's details if they see anyone getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

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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.

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.

Campaign against drink driving leads to 100 arrests

Drivers could face up to six months in prison or a £5000 fine. Credit: ITV Westcountry

A month-long campaign against drink and drug driving in Dorset has led to 100 drivers being arrested. The number of arrests has risen from last year's campaign, which saw 88 people arrested. Every driver involved in a collision last month was breath-tested by police.