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Suffolk Police campaign against drink and drug driving sees more than 800 vehicles stopped and 124 arrests made





Suffolk Police stopped 816 vehicles and made 124 arrests during the annual Christmas campaign highlighting the dangers of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

The initiative ran between December 1 and January 1, in conjunction with a UK-wide operation organised by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Roadside checks were made throughout the day and night, as well as intelligence-led enforcement activity.

A total of 124 arrests were made during a Suffolk Police campaign against drink and drug driving in December. Picture: iStock
A total of 124 arrests were made during a Suffolk Police campaign against drink and drug driving in December. Picture: iStock

Social media was also used to remind motorists there is ‘#NoExcuse’.

A total of 682 breath tests were conducted in Suffolk, alongside 134 drug wipes. Of those tests:

- 47 people were arrested following a positive breath test

- 66 people were arrested following a positive drug wipe

- 10 people were arrested on suspicion of being unfit through drink or drugs

- One person was arrested after failing a field impairment test

Of all the people who failed a test, 86 per cent were male (compared to 85 per cent last year) and 14 per cent were under the age of 25 (compared to 20 per cent last year).

Chief Inspector Vicky McParland, of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “Despite casualties falling dramatically in the last 50 years, thanks to campaigns such as these, it is evident they are still necessary.

“Nearly 250 people were arrested for drink and drug driving across Norfolk and Suffolk throughout the campaign - this is eight people on average every single day.

“I am incredibly disappointed to see this level of people choosing to put their lives and the lives of other road users at risk.

“Although our Christmas campaign gives us the opportunity to highlight the dangers of drink/drug driving to the public, it is something we enforce every day of the year. We will continue to work to remove dangerous drivers from roads in Norfolk and Suffolk.”

Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk, said: "I fully support the roads policing team in this annual campaign to rid our roads of drivers who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“It is very disappointing this issue persists. I really would hope the message would have landed by now. There is never any excuse for anyone to get behind the wheel unfit to drive.

“I find it absolutely unbelievable that more than 15 per cent of the 816 drivers stopped over the festive period were arrested, putting not only themselves but all other road users at risk. This behaviour is grossly irresponsible and selfish.”

Anyone with information about suspected drink or drug driving should contact Suffolk Police via their website.

Alternatively, call 101.