Over 150 drink driving arrests in Avon and Somerset in June

Somerset County Gazette: Over 150 drink driving arrests in Avon and Somerset in June Over 150 drink driving arrests in Avon and Somerset in June

MORE than 150 people were arrested during Avon and Somerset Police’s summer drink drive campaign.

The campaign runs throughout June and this year 158 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

This summer the police have been reminding motorists to ensure they are safe and legal to drive the following morning in addition to not driving home after drinking.

The arrest figures for the operation suggest there have been a number of arrests the following morning as well as in the evening or overnight. 131 arrests were made between 7pm and 6am, 7 arrests were made between 6am and 9am and 17 arrests between 9am and 7pm.

Chief Supt Ian Smith said: “This year we have published figures for the times of day that arrests were made to highlight the fact that some drivers could still be over the limit the following morning and that we carry out stops throughout the day and evening.

"If you are out in the evening enjoying a few drinks this summer make sure you have arrangements in place for getting home, such as a taxi or a lift with friends, and ensure you leave plenty of time for the alcohol to leave your system if you are driving the next day.

"Drinking and driving can lead to collisions and cause serious injury or death and we will look to prosecute anyone found to be over the legal limit. The message is simple, don’t drink and drive.”

This year’s drink drive campaign has also formed part of a range of activities carried out by police in relation to the World Cup. With the late kick off of some matches, officers warned anyone having a few drinks while watching the match to ensure they were aware of how much they had to drink if they were driving the next day.

Chief Supt Ian Smith added: “Tackling drink/drug driving will continue throughout the summer. Although we run a specific awareness campaign in June, as part of a wider national campaign, the work to prevent drink and drug drivers and help make our roads safer goes on all year round.

"Driving is a privilege not a right and those that abuse that privilege will be targeted.”

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5:38pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MARTINI 129 says...

Brilliant got no sympathy for the people caught ! Keep up the good work. Give out a number apart from 101 that drink drivers can be reported instantly .
Brilliant got no sympathy for the people caught ! Keep up the good work. Give out a number apart from 101 that drink drivers can be reported instantly . MARTINI 129
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9:27pm Mon 7 Jul 14

MR.GOF says...

good for the 150 to get caught, but how many don`t?
I was nearly knocked of my bike,because this woman was txing and driving at the same time,the same rule`s should be the same as a DD.
good for the 150 to get caught, but how many don`t? I was nearly knocked of my bike,because this woman was txing and driving at the same time,the same rule`s should be the same as a DD. MR.GOF
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11:32am Tue 8 Jul 14

Wellington Shrek says...

Just wondering what time the other three got nicked. Good math skills scc.
Just wondering what time the other three got nicked. Good math skills scc. Wellington Shrek
  • Score: 0
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