Police hopeful of record low drink-driving figures this year
By redlight | Friday, December 31, 2010, 17:00
Police are urging drivers in Wells to see in the New Year in
safely by not taking the wheel after drinking alcohol.
But they have praised drivers for heeding their
warnings so far not to drink and drive over the festive period – when more
people attend family and work parties and are encouraged to drink alcohol.
However since December 1st, police have arrested 132 motorists across the
whole county following more than 28,000 Operation Tonic stop checks across the
With the operation winding up this weekend the
number of arrests is expected to be an eight-year low.
Last year 202 drivers were arrested for drink/drug
driving, which represented a significant reduction on the 329 drivers who were
arrested in 2002.
Chief Inspector Polly King said: "We have
been extremely encouraged by this year's drink/drug driving figures. Around
28,000 drivers have been stopped during the force-wide operation - which started
on December 1 -and have been given an advisory leaflet and fewer than 150 have
"We are glad to see that drivers are heeding
our advice and not drinking or taking drugs – even prescription drugs – before
they drive. This is to be commended but people must not be complacent.
"New Year's Eve is potentially another drink
drive hot spot period as people see in the New Year. People need to be aware
that even if they do not drive on New Year's Eve, that by drinking for a long
period later into the night or early into New Year's Day, they could be over
the drink drive limit that morning," said CI King.
The police have confirmed that while the Operation
Tonic drink/drug campaign finishes this weekend, the police will remain
relentless in tracking down those who drink/drug drive.
CI King declared: "Our New Year message is
don't drink and drive…."
Drivers in the 17-25 year age group are also being
CI King added: "This year a worrying trend
has continued with young drivers drinking and driving. Around one third of
those arrested this year have been in the 17-25 year age group.
"There are no excuses for anyone of any age
to be driving under the influence of drink or drugs. We are particularly
concerned that there appears to be hardcore of new younger drivers who are
being stopped for drink driving."